Sports Bursaries

Talented Athlete Bursaries

The bursaries range from £100 - £1,500 and are awarded through a competitive process of application forms to be assessed by a judging panel.

For the County, Regional and National Development Squad level athletes, these bursaries are made from their application forms.

For the International Level athletes, they are invited in to meet the panel which is made up of the Sports Development Team, Sarah Winckless MBE and Dame Katherine Grainger DBE.

The application process for 2017 is now closed. Applications for next year's bursaries will open on the 1st August 2018 and close at 6pm on the 23rd September 2018.

Any appication forms received after the deadline, or not fully completed will not be considered by the panel.

Our 2016/17 Supported Athletes

International Level

For the 2016/17 sports bursaries, the panel selected 7 International Level athletes to award with a financial bursary with the intention of assisting them to reach the very highest level of their chosen sport. The Active-In team were very impressed with each of their applications, as were our guest judges, and we look forward to monitoring their progress with great interest of the next 12 months.

They also benefit from a years free gym membership at any of the Places for People Leisure facilities within the Wycombe District.

Details of the 7 athletes for 2016/17 can be found below:

Elliot Killington - Hockey

After captaining the England Under 16's team to 5 series victories against the Nerthlands, Scotland, Ulster, Belgium and Germany, Elliot also represented England at the 6 Nations in Belgium. He has since moved on to the England Under 18's team and has become a key player for the team, as well as a leader both on and off the pitch.

Millie Sansome - Open Water Swimming

After winning silver at the National Open Water Championships, Millie competed as part of the England team in Majorca before representing Great Britain at the European Junior Open Water Championships in Italy where she finished 10th place overall in the 5km event. Millie also raced in the British Championships and Olympic Qualifiers in the 100m backstroke, finishing 19th.

Chloe Dodge - Judo

A highly talented judo competitor that won a bronze medal at the British Championships in December 2015 which earned her a place on the England team for the next two years. She has recently competed for GB in the Flanders Cup in Belgium.

Georgia Keys - Alpine Skiing

An alpine skier that spends several months a year in Austria in order to train with, and compete against, some of Europe's best slalom skiers. One of the only British Skiers to make this move, Georgia has every chance of reaching the World Cup and future Winter Olympic Games.

Freya Bull - Hockey

Freya competed as part of the England Under 16's team in the 6 Nations tournament in Germany in 2015. In October 2016. she was successfully selected to be a part of the England Under 18's team and has been playing for Reading HC Ladies 1st XI in the Investec Premier League. 

Jack O'Brien - Tumbling (Gymnastics)

Part of the British Gymnastics Tumbling Squad, Jack has recently impressed in his first International competition in Portugal where he successfully won a silver medal. He is a memeber of Booker Gym Club in High Wycombe, and also trains at Baskingstoke Gymnastic Centre. 

Harry Bennett - Hockey

A member of the England Under 18's team that finsished 4th place at the European Championships after representing the England Under 16's team in 2015. Harry currently plays for Cannock Mens 1st XI team, competing in the National Premier Legaue. 

National Level

For the 2016/17 sports bursaries, the panel selected 6 National Level athletes to award with a financial bursary with the intention of assisting them to reach the next level of their chosen sport. The Active-In team were very impressed with each of their applications and look forward to monitoring their progress with great interest of the next 12 months.

Details of the 6 athletes for 2016/17 can be found below:

Lorna Bowler - Cycling

Selected as a Hoy Future Star for the Revolution Series in September 2016, Lorna has competed at a consistently high level across the past 12 months. She took part in the Matrix Fitness Women's Grand Prix in June after finshing 4th in the Youth Tour of Scotland in April. An overall classification of 8th place in the Youth Circuit Series reinforced her 8th place national ranking for 2016. 

Jamie Drew - Judo

After winning a bronze medal at the British Championships in December 2015, Jamie earned himself an England Squad position for the next 2 years which he has so far justified with his British Judo Association Ippon 1st place ranking for 2016. He has achieved a large number of medals over the past 12 months with gold medals at no less than 6 events, including the London Open and Kent international earlier in the summe

Timur Gulyiyen - Swimming

A member of the Wycombe District Swim Club, Timur has performed at a high level across a number of events which has resulted in a large number of medals. In the current national rankings he is currently in the top 3 for 50m & 100m Breast Stroke and the 100m Individual medley. Selected to be part of the GB talent camps, he successfully medalled at the British Nationals, and holds a number of records at County and Regional level.

James McFadzen - Swimming

Performing as part of the successful Wycombe District Swim Club programme, James has reached the number 1 ranking for the 200m indiviudal medley in his age group. Further to this, he reached 3 "Target Tokyo" finals at the British Championships, and Olympic Trails. His target is to represent GB at the European Junior Championships & Youth Olympics, and the World Junior Championships in 2017. 

Leo Wilkinson - Sailing

A member of Maidenhead Sailing Club, Leo has been competing as part of the national sailing series in the Toppper 4.2 classification. He had 1st place finishes at the Under 12's National Championships and the 5-day Southern Traveller Series. Leo also had several 2nd place finishes including the Inland Championships, the Island Barn Topper selection event, and 2nd place overall at the Volvo GJW Direct Topper National Series.

Hannah Dawbarn - Football

Based in High Wycombe, Hannah is part of the Arsenal Ladies Under 15's squad. As a part of this team, she won the Dallas International Girls Cup in 2016 which featured more than 100 teams from around the globe. Hannah has also been selected for the England Under 15 and Under 16 squads. and forms part of the FA Regional Excellence Camp programme for 2016/17.

Regional Level

For the 2016/17 sports bursaries, the panel selected 6 Regional Level athletes to award with a financial bursary with the intention of assisting them to reach the next level of their chosen sport. The Active-In team were very impressed with each of their applications and look forward to monitoring their progress with great interest of the next 12 months.

Details of the 6 athletes for 2016/17 can be found below:

Jemma Bowler - Cycling

A Marlow based cyclist currently competing as part of the British Cycling Regional School of Road Racing. Jemma has achieved a lot of notable performances including a 3rd place finish in the Slipstreamers Summer Race Series, 10th in the National Omnium Finals and was selected to ride for the Central Region in the Prudential Ride London Youth Grand Prix.

Oliver Hucks - Cycling

A member of the High Wycombe Cycling Club, Oliver has shown impressive progression on the bike with some notable performances including severval podium finishes. With our support, Oliver is hoping to secure the services of some specific coaching which will further improve his ability to be even more competitive in the 2017 Junior Tour Series. 

Alex Mullis - Squash

A squash player that forms part of the Bucks County and South Regional Under 11's squads. Playing at Wycombe Squash and Racketball Club, Alex has excelled amongst his peers and plays as number 1 and captain for the South Regional Squad that finished 3rd place in the England Squash Inter-Regional Tournament in January. He is currently ranked a 3rd in England at Under 11's level. 

Alisa Sydykova - Judo

Based at the Micklefield Judo Club, Alisa represented the Northern Home Counties Team at the British Team Championships in July 2016 where she won a silver medal. Her record over the past 18 months is impressive with numerous top 5 finishes at local, regional and national competitions across the UK. Alisa is currently ranked 5th in the British Judo Association Ippon Rankings.

Daisy Hacking - Hockey

Playing for Wycombe Hockey Club, Daisy has been a staple part of the Junior Regional Performance Centre (JRPC) programme with England Hockey for the past couple of years. She has already experience some fantatsic achievments and accolades including being the Wycombe Ladies 1's Player of the Season, and becoming Champion with her U18 team at the National Indoor Tournament, held at the Copper Box Olympic Stadium.

Isabelle Tucker - Volleyball

Having moved from Florida USA, Isabelle soon discovered a lack of opportunities for competitive volleyball in the area. However, with support from her parents, she has found oppotunities that have allowed her to excel in the sport here in the UK. She now competes in the Volleyball England Futures squad, and has the opportunity to really progress over the coming year. 

County Level

For the 2016/17 sports bursaries, the panel selected 3 County Level athletes to award with a financial bursary with the intention of assisting them to reach the next level of their chosen sport. The Active-In team were very impressed with each of their applications and look forward to monitoring their progress with great interest of the next 12 months.

Details of the 3 athletes for 2016/17 can be found below:

Lilli Clarke-Pratt - High Jump (Athletics)

A wooburn Green based athlete that competes in the high jump as part of the Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow club. In the past year Lilli has represented at and achieved high placements at a number of events including the Bucks County Championships, South of England Indoor Championships, and the UK Youth Development League finals.

Ben Layne - 400m (Athletics)

A member of the Wycombe Phoenix Harriers, Ben is a 400m specialist that has competed in a number of County level competitions. As reigning Bucks Under 17's County Champion, his most recent performance resulted in a 6th place finish in the final of the Inter-County compeition in Bromley. 

Gina Mullis - Squash

Competing for the Bucks County at Under 13's level, Gina won the National Inter-County Championships in Nottingham in January 2016. A member of the Wycombe Squash and Racketball club, she has excelled through the rankings and is currently in the top 25 at her age group in England. 

If you are interested in our Sports Bursaries, please contact our team.

Tash Humphris

Sports Development Events Officer

Tash.humphris@active-in.co.uk

07710 095244