Follow in footsteps of Rio stars

Are you a high-performing athlete ambitious to match the achievements of Olympians Adam Peaty, Liam Pitchford and Mollie Renshaw and Paralympian Lewis White?

If so, Derbyshire's ICON bursary programme, now open for 2016-17 applications, could help you reach the top, whatever your sport.

All four athletes are going to Rio this summer and have been financially supported by the scheme at one point or another during their careers.

They have also received free leisure passes in the district or borough where they train and been given valuable PR exposure.

2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medal-winning shooter Caroline Povey (pictured above), who won the UK Championships title in April and the English Open in May, was on the ICON programme in 2015-16.

The proud mum, from Tansley, said:

"The support I receive from ICON has played an important role in my sporting success.

“The opportunity to access local training facilities for free means that I can use the money saved, in addition to the bursary, to pay for competitions and training camps.

“ICON is also a great way to raise the profile of local athletes, which has subsequently led to the local community taking a great interest in my progress and enabled me to share my success with others.”

There were 127 athletes awarded bursaries totalling £23,150 on the 2015-16 ICON programme, run by Derbyshire Sport.

That was made possible by the contributions of all 10 Derbyshire local authorities, including Derbyshire Dales District Council, plus a number of business members from across the county.

Each successful applicant must live in one of the county's nine districts or compete for a Derbyshire-based club and must already compete at a high level to qualify.

All should already be representing their country or Great Britain, have won a national championship medal, or be part of a recognised development squad or a development squad aligned to a professional sports club, or have been selected for the Derbyshire Institute of Sport.

Their sport must be recognised by Sport England for an application to be successful. The closing date for applications is Friday September 9.

If you are interested in becoming an ICON business member and supporting the next generation of Derbyshire stars, please call Katie Crockett on 01773 571224 or email


Caroline Povey

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