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£5m funding pot from GLL boosts hopes of Olympians
GLL has offered more than £5m in funding for potential British Tokyo 2020 Olympic athletes.
Athletes will be able to apply for support from the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) until 20 February 2017.
Supported athletes will obtain financial grants, training membership support at GLL leisure centres across the UK, and sport science and physiotherapy programmes.
Over the last cycle before the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics, GSF supported 6,777 athletes with £3.9m (US$4.7m, €4.5m).
Inspirational 401 Challenge runner, Ben Smith joins Inspirational Speakers
On the 1st September 2015 Ben Smith began one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of his life, he ran 401 marathons in 401 days all around the UK visiting 309 different locations on the UK Mainland. Ben Smith aimed to raise £250,000 for the two amazing charities Kidscape and Stonewall who are dedicated to tackling bullying in out society.
To read more or to book Ben as a speaker at your event, please click here
We're delighted to announce that our client, Sue Wilkinson receives MBE
We are delighted to announce that afPE’s CEO, Sue Wilkinson has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours.
Sue received the Member of the Order of the British Empire award for her services to education.
"I was absolutely stunned and humbled when I found out about the award.”
"This is not just for me, this award is for everyone who works so hard to teach, deliver and promote PE, school sport and physical activity among young people – from teachers and coaches to parents.”
"It is important for the next generation to be fit and healthy. Little people become big people and the fitter and healthier they are, the better chance they have of achieving their goals and potential.”
EFDS appoints Dalby-Walsh as deputy chief executive
Sporting legend, Dalby-Welsh will end his 12 year association with the Change Foundation – formerly known as Cricket for Change and join the EFDS on 23 January.
For the past two year’s he has been the foundation’s director of operations and partnerships, while he also filled in as acting chief executive for a short period.
Paralympian, Anne Wafula-Strike makes a stand for disabled public transport passengers
Anne says she ended up wetting herself on a rail journey because the disabled toilet was out of order.
Anne Wafula-Strike, of Harlow, told how the disabled loo on a three-hour CrossCountry service from Nuneaton to Stansted last month was out of action.
The 47-year-old Kenyan-born wheelchair racer is a board member of UK Athletics and has an MBE for services to disability sport.
In his response, the managing director of CrossCountry Andy Cooper said Mrs Wafula-Strike's train had a door defect which had been due to be fixed.
He said Mrs Wafula-Strike would be offered complimentary first class travel tickets by way of an apology.
Anne Wafula-Strike is available as part of the Inspirational Speaker bureau, please click here for more info or if you would like Anne at your event.