Rising sports stars in Wythenshawe urged to apply for talent development scheme

Up-and-coming athletes in Wythenshawe have the chance to participate in a sports talent development scheme.

Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions Scheme, now in its sixth year, has helped thousands of athletes to achieve their sporting potential by providing free access to over 200 Everyone Active leisure facilities across the country, including the Forum Centre at Wythenshawe.

Elite athletes including Olympians and Paralympians will help mentor and support those accepted onto the scheme. Their identity will be revealed on the Sporting Champions Instagram page (@easportingchamps).

Participants will also receive free unlimited access to the Everyone on Demand app, providing more than 500,000 at-home workouts from leading fitness brands.

Olympian Colin Jackson will continue to support the scheme as an ambassador, working alongside the newly appointed elite athletes to make sport more accessible within communities.

Alongside some of Team GB’s top talent, he will provide both one-to-one and group mentoring sessions throughout the year.

Colin said: “I’m proud to be involved in a scheme that is dedicated to supporting athletic talent from grass roots up.

“I’ve watched the Sporting Champions scheme grow and I’m so excited for the relaunch this year. It has helped thousands of up-and-coming athletes to achieve their sporting dreams and I can’t wait to see what this year’s intake go on to achieve.”

Over the past six years, more than £1 million has been invested into athletes on the scheme.

Joe Harper, Everyone Active’s contract manager at the Forum, said: “We’re delighted to be able to support stars from Wythenshawe on their journey to success.

“Working in partnership with Wythenshawe Trust and MCR Active, we feel it is important to cater for all sections of the community.

“We hope to continue making a real difference to our athletes’ success and are excited to see what the relaunch of the scheme will bring this year.”

Eddie Flanagan, CEO at Wythenshawe Forum Trust Limited, said: “Sporting Champions is a great opportunity for local people to achieve their aspirations with guidance and support, from grass roots participation, rising to professional athlete level.”

Applicants should follow the Sporting Champions Instagram page (@easportingchamps) for further updates on how to apply. The online application form will be open from Friday 1 April to Saturday 30 April.