As the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme, the economic impact of coronavirus has been felt by many across the UK, and unfortunately here at GSF we have also been affected. As a charitable foundation, we are funded by Better gyms, pools and leisure centres – which have unfortunately faced long periods of closure during lockdown.
We also had to take the difficult decision to suspend our activities throughout 2020. But the future looks brighter. With the dawn of new vaccines and the government’s cautious plans to ease lockdown in the coming months, we have been reviewing how we can look to re-engage with our GSF athletes and provide meaningful support to you.
An update on our programme…
Regrettably, we will not be able to process athlete applications throughout 2021. However, we’re pleased to let you know that application from December 2019 – February 2020 have been carried over for this year.
While we work to re-launch to full capacity in the future, we will be pressing pause on the award levels and physiotherapy support at this time. We understand that this may be disappointing news, but please rest assured everyone at GSF are working hard to be able to welcome back a full programme very soon.
But there is good news! We are proud to be working with partners to offer you alternative opportunities throughout this year, and we will be in touch with more information on this in the coming months – so stay tuned…
Not only that, for those who successfully applied within the above dates we have automatically extended your membership until April 2022 or you have been sent an email with instructions on how to activate your membership, so you can get back to the sport you love when Better gyms, pools and leisure centres look to re-open in the near future.
We remain extremely proud of our athletes and the GLL Sport Foundation, which typically helps over three thousand athletes reach their potential each year, through funding by Better leisure centre memberships, mentoring support and financial grants.
Despite the challenges we have all faced in the past year, we are working behind the scenes to work to support our athletes of the future, and we will be back!