Release Date: 31 May 2012
With 2012 playing host to the London Olympics and The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Stroud District Council has launched the Stroud District Council Elite Scheme, to help promising athletes develop their potential.
Councillor Karon Cross, executive member for health and well-being at Stroud District Council, said:
'The new scheme, will give budding athletes free access to sport and leisure facilities across the Stroud district, allowing them to maintain their fitness and training locally for a whole year.'
National and international athletes aged 11 and over who are district residents or members of a Stroud district based club are eligible to apply.
Councillor Cross added:
'Last month over 26,000 people from across the district and further afield turned out to watch the Olympic Flame travel through Stroud and Painswick. Maybe someone in those crowds is a future gold medal winner?'
Deadline for entries is Friday 29 June 2012.
Successful athletes will be able to train for free at :Dursley Pool and Sports Centre; Maidenhill Sports and Dance Centre, Stonehouse; Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stroud; Thomas Keble Sports Centre, Eastcombe; and Wotton Sports Centre.
Further information is available at www.stroud.gov.uk/leisure or by calling 01453 754508.