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04 Dec 2018
Inaugural Sporting Champions awards handed out as part of athlete talent scheme

The inaugural Sporting Champions awards have been held to highlight the successes of a talent development programme that aims to help athletes at all stages of their careers.

Everyone Active’ Sporting Champions was set up in 2016 with the aim of securing athletes’ continued progression in sport by eliminating barriers to participation, such as lack of funding and access to training facilities.

At the time, the sports and leisure operator pledged to support 1,000 athletes by Tokyo 2020. It recently reached a milestone of having 800 athletes in the programme.

The scheme has grown rapidly over the past two years and has now extended its support to focus on providing unique educational opportunities for its beneficiaries through mentoring days.

Duncan Jefford, Everyone Active’s regional director, said: “As an organisation, we have long been committed to supporting talent from grass roots level all the way through to elite standard. By formalising this support through Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions, we have been able to really make a difference to the lives and careers of budding sports stars.

“The scheme is all about inspiring and motivating up-and-coming athletes to achieve their full potential. It offers participants a direct line to some of the UKs most inspirational sports people, and it was brilliant to have those same faces with us to celebrate the success of programme and the talent it supports.”

Everyone Active celebrated the milestone of reaching 800 athletes by arranging the awards ceremony, which saw one of the programme's athletes – Commonwealth paratriathlon champion Jade Jones-Hall – win two awards on the night, including overall ‘Sporting Champion of the Year’.

Other winners included European silver medallist diver Matthew Dixon; racing driver Emily Linscott; and champion climber, Katie Fischer.


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20 Mar 2019
Irene Forte joins GWS advisory board
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05 Mar 2019
Jeremy McCarthy to receive 2019 ISPA Visionary Award
The International SPA Association (ISPA) will present the 2019 ISPA Visionary Award to Jeremy McCarthy, director of spa & wellness for Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group at the ISPA Conference & Expo taking place at The Venetian in Las Vegas from 11-13 September, 2019.
05 Mar 2019
Fonteverde takes top honours at World Spa & Wellness Awards
The winners of the World Spa & Wellness Awards were announced at a gala dinner last week during the World Spa & Wellness Conference in London.
27 Feb 2019
Mick Ebeling to receive Alex Szekely Humanitarian Award
The International SPA Association (ISPA) has announced philanthropist and changemaker Mick Ebeling will be the closing keynote speaker at the 2019 ISPA Conference & Expo, taking place 11-13 September 2019 at The Venetian Resort & Spa in Las Vegas.
26 Feb 2019
Sweat 2019: boutique fitness sector still thriving and nowhere near 'breaking point'
The current boutique fitness boom is nowhere near reaching a 'breaking point'.
26 Feb 2019
FIT Summit launched to 'connect Asia’s fitness and wellness industry'
A new event – marketed as the first major business gathering for Asia's health, fitness and wellness industry – will be held next month.
25 Feb 2019
ukactive expands annual awards – adds Active Training Awards to schedule
ukactive has revealed a shake-up of its annual awards by adding a raft of new categories.
25 Feb 2019
Beijing 2022 organisers reveal outline of legacy plan
The organising committee for the Beijing 2022 Olympics has outlined its legacy plans for the Games.
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