Sports Bursaries

Talented Athlete Bursaries

The bursaries range from £100 - £1,500 and are awarded through a competitive process of application forms to be assessed by a judging panel.

For the County, Regional and National Development Squad level athletes, these bursaries are made from their application forms.

For the International Level athletes, they are invited in to meet the panel which is made up of the Sports Development Team, Sarah Winckless MBE and Dame Katherine Grainger DBE.

The application process for 2017 is now closed. Applications for next year's bursaries will open on the 1st August 2018 and close at 6pm on the 23rd September 2018.

Any appication forms received after the deadline, or not fully completed will not be considered by the panel.

Our 2017/18 Supported Athletes

International Level

For the 2017/18 sports bursaries, the panel selected 7 International Level athletes to award with a financial bursary with the intention of assisting them to reach the very highest level of their chosen sport. The Active-In team were very impressed with each of their applications, as were our guest judges, and we look forward to monitoring their progress with great interest of the next 12 months.

They also benefit from a years free gym membership at any of the Places for People Leisure facilities within the Wycombe District.

Details of the 7 athletes for 2017/18 can be found below:

Sarah Collin - Modern Pentathlon

A key member of the Performance Squad at the University of Bath, this year Sarah won the 2017 British Universities and Colleges Modern Pentathlon Championships. Following a battle with injury, she is currently ranked 5th in the GB rankings haven risen steadily over the past four years.  


Millie Sansome - Swimming

In the past 18 months Millie has achieved some fantastic results, and has competed for Great Britain on a number of occasions including at the 2016 & 2017 European Junior Open Water Championships. This summer she also achieved a second place finish at the BESFEST Majorca Open Water Festival whilst representing England. 

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James Eddy - Swimming

James currently holds the British record for 50m backstroke, as well as a number of medals having qualified for British and National Championships yearly since 2013. This year he was rewarded for his hard work when he selected as part of the GB Junior Team to compete at the European Junior Championships held in Israel. 

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Chloe Dodge - Judo

In the past 12 months Chloe has won 10 medals in various colours at a range of competitions, including a silver at the Northern Ireland Open. Ranked 5th on the British Judo Ippon table, she has her secured her place on the England Squad for the next two years after winning a bronze medal at the British Championships in December 2016. 

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Leo Wilkinson - Sailing

Over the past 12 months, Leo has worked extremely hard progressing to the next level after receiving one of our National Development awards last year. He has since gone on to be selected for Irish National Championships representing Great Britain, where he came 2nd


Freya Bull - Hockey

Over the past couple of years Freya has collected a large number of international honours after being selected for multiple National Age Group Squads. This summer she was selected for the U18 Six Nations tournament in Spain, picking up several international caps, and where she scored her first international goal. 

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Georgia Keys - Alpine Skiing

Georgia has had a tough year after suffering a tear in her Medial Ligament on her first training run of the year. Through intensive rehab in Austria where she is based, and working with her coach, she was able to get back onto her skis towards the end of the season.

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National Level

For the 2017/18 sports bursaries, the panel selected 6 National Level athletes to award with a financial bursary with the intention of assisting them to reach the next level of their chosen sport. The Active-In team were very impressed with each of their applications and look forward to monitoring their progress with great interest of the next 12 months.

Details of the 6 athletes for 2017/18 can be found below:

Jamie Drew - Judo

Following a great start to the year winning a number of medals including a silver at the Sportif International, Jamie unfortunately fractured his wrist. This did not stop him though, continuing his training and working hard on his rehab. Jamie has also been helping out with the younger classes at his club. 

Isabella O'Hara - Rowing

Having only taken up rowing in 2013 after watching Helen Glover and Heather Stanning win gold at the London 2012 Olympics, Isabella has seen great success in the past year. Winning a number of domestic events with her clubs top quad, she also went on to win a gold medal at the National junior sculling regatta. 

Alex Mullis - Squash

Having only turned 12 in the summer Alex has achieved great success this year, reaching two national finals, finishing 6th with his school at the National School Finals, as well as a 4th place finish at the National Inter-County finals. Alex is currently ranked 11th in the U13 England rankings. 

Lorna Bowler - Cycling

Currently in her 5th year of racing, Lorna is now competing in the junior category of racing, meaning longer, harder races which are now on open roads. Stepping up her training she has seen great results for her first year in this category including a 10th place finish at the National Junior Road Race.  

Samuel Nicklin - Rowing

Following a successful year, Sam has been identified as a sculler who can go on and represent Great Britain in future competitions. Starting the season winning a number of domestic regattas and heads, he then finished the year by winning gold at the British National Championships. 

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Ben Ferguson - Hockey

This year Ben has steadily progressed up the England Hockey performance pathway. Starting at county level, he then attended the regional performance centres, before being selected for the futures cup tournaments. Following a fantastic year he has now been selected as a member of the England U16 squad. 

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Regional Level

For the 2017/18 sports bursaries, the panel selected 5 Regional Level athletes to award with a financial bursary with the intention of assisting them to reach the next level of their chosen sport. The Active-In team were very impressed with each of their applications and look forward to monitoring their progress with great interest of the next 12 months.

Details of the 5 athletes for 2017/18 can be found below:

Ella Dyson - Swimming

Having increased her training from 5 to 19 hours per week, this year Ella has seen her hard work pay off. This year she has won over 10 medals of various colours, as well as an incredible 3rd place at the South East Regional Open Water Championships. This result then qualified her for the National Open Water Championships. 

Daisy Hacking - Hockey

Daisy played a vital part in helping her junior club side reach the national indoor finals for the fourth consecutive year, where they came 3rd. This year, for the first time, she progressed to the Tier 2 stage of the England Hockey single system, before competing for England Red at the National school games. 

Edward O'Neill - Rowing

Edward has been described by his coach as someone with the right attitude and ability to go on and represent Great Britain in all his remaining junior years. This year he has had a very successful year winning several domestic regattas, and ending the season with a gold medal at the British Championships. 

Stephanie Marsden - Netball

A dedicated athlete Stephanie not only competes in Netball but also coaches and umpires as well, aiming to give back to the sport. Competing regularly at school, club and regional level Stephanie has recently been selected as one of 20 athletes to be part of the Hertfordshire Mavericks U19 futures squad. 

Thomas Sansome - Swimming

Following a successful year, including becoming a 3 x county champion, and 2 x regional champion on the pool, Thomas has recently been selected for the Swim England phase 1 talent development camps, a part of the national swimming pathway programme. 

County Level

For the 2017/18 sports bursaries, the panel selected 4 County Level athletes to award with a financial bursary with the intention of assisting them to reach the next level of their chosen sport. The Active-In team were very impressed with each of their applications and look forward to monitoring their progress with great interest of the next 12 months.

Details of the 4 athletes for 2017/18 can be found below:

Jozef Batterberry - Hockey

After being inspired to play hockey following the success at the London 2012 Olympics, Jozef joined his local sports club, Marlow Hockey Club. Following success at school and club level, Jozef has now represented Bucks County for the past three years. 

Noah Fletcher - Cross Country

A promising cross-country athlete Noah has consistently picked up top ten finishes in both the Chiltern League and Buck schools cross-country races. This year he has represented his county at numerous races across the country. 

Gina Mullis - Squash

A student at Wycombe High, this year Gina helped her school team qualify for the National schools final in Manchester, where they finished 4th in the country. She also won a silver medal at the National Inter-county Finals with the Bucks Girls U15 team. 

Ben Hoggan - Hockey

This year Ben won the U14 County Cup with both his school Sir William Borlase, and club, Marlow Hockey Club. He currently plays adult and junior level at his club, whilst also representing Buckinghamshire County for his age group. 

If you are interested in our Sports Bursaries, please contact our team.

Tash Humphris

Sports Development Events Officer

Tash.humphris@active-in.co.uk

07710 095244