Sussexssporting starlets offred free leisure-centre use

Talented young sports men and women in the area have a unique opportunity to gain free access to 26 Freedom Leisure centres across Sussex as part of a talented athlete support scheme.

The not-for-profit leisure trust launched the scheme in 2012 to give a helping hand to talented young athletes. They offer 30 spaces each year and are accepting applications from boys and girls aged 14 to 25.

Richard Bagwell, group sports development manager for Freedom Leisure, said; “As a community leisure provider, we feel it is important to cater for all sectors of the community, including emerging talent.

“Since starting the scheme we have supported aspiring athletes across a range of disciplines from mainstream sports like badminton and basketball to minority sports like modern pentathlon and lifesaving. By providing free access to training facilities we hope to make a real difference and help young sporting stars reach their full potential.”

The Freedom Leisure Talented Athlete Support Scheme is the largest one of its kind in Sussex. Successful applicants will receive 12 months’ connected membership giving free access to 26 centres in Sussex including Six Villages Sports Centre in Westergate and K2 Crawley, which was an official Olympic training venue for the 2012 Games.

Applications for the Freedom Leisure Talented Athlete Support Scheme close on April 22. Athletes must be aged between 14 and 25, although applications from athletes outside this age range may be accepted in exceptional circumstances.

Applicants must hold a UK top ten ranking in a Sport England-recognised sport. They must live in a district or borough with a Freedom Leisure centre or attend a club at one of their Sussex sites to qualify.

To apply, visit and complete the online application form.