The GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) was launched by Charitable Social Enterprise GLL in 2008 with the aim to bridge the gap between elite sport and grassroots, by contributing to the development of young athletes with financial support, sports performance programmes and access to training venues.
Over the last 10 years GSF has provided over 16,000 athlete awards with a support value of over £9.2 million; 90% of those athletes dis not receive funding from any other source and 72% of athletes are aged under 21 highlighting the significance of the support GSF provides within the talent pathway.
London 2012 bronze and Rio 2016 Olympic silver medallist and GSF ambassador Lutalo Highlights the impact of GSF from an athlete’s perspective “GLL is a fantastic organisation paving the way for ordinary young people like myself to compete at the highest level. When I first started to compete internationally, GLL was my only source of funding and I can sincerely say without GLL I would not have transitioned from a skinny kid that loved sport – to an Olympic medallist. I’ll never forget the help I received. Now, as a GLL Sport Foundation ambassador I have done numerous corporate speeches and workshops which I thoroughly enjoy and hope to continue to do to advance Olympic Sports and an active purpose filled lifestyle”.
GSF has supported athletes across 117 Olympic, Paralympic, Deaflympic and Special Olympic sporting disciplines and with 72% of supported athletes being aged under 21 GSF continues to support and inspire the next generation.
This next generation focus is echoed by GSF patron Sally Gunnell, OBE “I have been able to champion the need for positive and tangible support to help our young sporting talent. I still remember with gratitude the early offers of help I received as a young athlete trying to keep my sporting dream alive”.
“Sport is such an important element in our lives whether that be as an athlete; a coach or within the wide network of support, sport can and will continue to deliver so much for us. This was seen once again from the euphoria that gripped the Nation during the World Athletics Championships this year”.
“I am proud what we have achieved to date. Moving into 2018 we will mark our tenth year of supporting athletes and we are committed to continue this journey into the future for the next generation”.
Sally also made reference to how GSF has impacted the success of British sport, with multiple athletes achieving success at the world’s biggest events. The Rio Olympics and Paralympics saw GSF athletes pick up 20 medals. 60 GSF athletes also headed to the Gold Coast to represent the home nations for this years Commonwealth Games, winning a combined 18 medals.
“It was fantastic to see GLL Sport Foundation-supported athletes deliver medal successes and others to break through to the international representative level. It is a core ambition for the Foundation to be successful in supporting both today’s and tomorrow’s athletes”.
GSF has continued to develop and grow year on year providing more support to more athletes across more areas.
Peter Bundey, GSF Chair and GLL Deputy Managing Director said “The GLL Sport Foundation is now the largest independent supporters of sporting talent in the UK. Young people need positive support and sport needs rising talent to keep Britain improving on a world stage. We can make a positive contribution to both agendas”.
“I would like to thank all our sponsors and partners for their unwavering commitment and contributions to making the Foundation so successful and join them in wishing all of our athletes sporting success for the coming year”.