A helping hand for future sports stars

Thursday 18th July, 2019

Sports stars of the future are being given a helping hand to achieve their dreams.

A new initiative has been launched to support aspiring athletes in Renfrewshire with free access to the first-class Renfrewshire Leisure sports facilities, discounts for physiotherapy treatment and the chance of grant funding worth up to £1,500.

The Renfrewshire Aspiring Athlete Scholarship (RAASP) is a partnership between Renfrewshire Leisure, Renfrewshire Council, University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Physiotherapy Centre and West College Scotland.

Sportsmen and women can apply for an Aspiring Athlete Leisure Card to get the benefits of the initiative and there are two different types of card.

The first is a Tier 1 card for an international athlete who has represented Scotland, or Great Britain in the past year.

And a Tier 2 card is for athletes who are part of an international training squad or a recognised high performance programme.

Successful applicants for the RAASP Scholarship Programme can receive a grant of up to £1500 for Tier 1 cardholders and £250 for Tier 2 athletes.

Athletes applying to join the programme must live in Renfrewshire and be a member of a Renfrewshire sports club. However, athletes who stay outside of Renfrewshire, but are members of a local sports club, can apply for a Tier 2 card.