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press release: Everyone Active

Athlete development scheme fronted by Olympians and Paralympians opens for new applications

09 Feb 2024
Sporting Champion Beth Sullock and Richard Kilty / Everyone Active
Up-and-coming athletes across the UK are being given the chance to take their careers to the next level – in an Olympic and Paralympic year – with Everyone Active's Sporting Champions scheme.

Relaunching this month, the renowned programme empowers aspiring athletes to unlock their full potential by offering access to state-of-the-art training facilities and mentoring support from Olympians and Paralympians.

Since its inception in 2016, the scheme has been responsible for more than £2 million worth of support to over 5,000 athletes, providing them with free access to Everyone Active's 230-plus leisure centres nationwide, helping them press forward in their journey to sporting stardom.

Applications open on Monday, February 12, 2024 and run until Monday, March 11, 2024 via the Everyone Active Sporting Champions website, easportingchampions.com

The past year has seen the scheme support the next generation of stars, including 14-year-old, swimmer Jaden Leo, gold medalist in his age category at Swim England Championships, gymnast Ondine Achampong, part of Team Great Britian’s first team gold medal at a European Championships, swimmer Hollie Widdows, winner of three gold, three silver and one bronze medal at British Summer Swimming Championships 2023 and Paralympic triathlete, Claire Cashmore, who placed 2nd in the women’s PTS5 category at the 2023 World Triathlon Championship Finals.

For 2024, the legendary Colin Jackson, Olympic 110m hurdles silver medallist and former world record holder, returns as the scheme's Ambassador.

He will be working alongside a line-up of inspiring Elite athletes who have starred on the Olympic and Paralympic stage – Lauren Steadman, Lutalo Muhammad, Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova, Kadeena Cox, Richard Kilty Maisie Summers-Newton – in group mentoring sessions throughout the year. These sporting heroes will share their wisdom and expertise, guiding up and coming athletes every step of the way.

Colin said: "I'm passionate about nurturing young talent and the Sporting Champions scheme goes above and beyond in this mission. With the Olympics and Paralympics taking place in Paris this summer, the programme takes on even greater significance in 2024. Seeing these future champions flourish fuels my excitement for what's to come."

At Tokyo 2020, no fewer than 30 Sporting Champions competed, taking home five gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

David Bibby, Everyone Active’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to support up and coming athletes from across the country, as they continue their journey to success.

“As a leisure provider working in partnership with more than 65 local authority partners, we feel it is important to cater for all sections of the community and break down the barriers that may impact young people from taking the next step in their sporting career.

“The Sporting Champions scheme has supported thousands of athletes over the years and we are proud to be continuing this again in 2024.

“We hope to continue making a real difference to all our athletes’ successes and are excited to see what this Olympic and Paralympic year will bring.”

In the lead up to the successful Sporting Champions being announced, Everyone Active will be hosting the British Swimming Championships at London Aquatics Centre, from 2nd to 7th April 2024. Several athletes from the scheme, including Para-Swimmer of the Year and Athlete of Year at the British Swimming Awards 2023, Maisie Summers-Newton, will be competing at the iconic venue, managed by Everyone Active from March 2024.

Follow the Sporting Champions Instagram (@easportingchamps) for more information on how to apply.
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More than ten years on since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has appointed Everyone Active, the longest-established leisure contractor in the UK, as the new operator for the London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
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Easton Leisure Centre in the UK has announced a 100 per cent reduction in heating costs of its 25m swimming pool this summer.
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Address: 2 Watling Drive, Sketchley Meadows , Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 3EY, England
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press release: Everyone Active

Athlete development scheme fronted by Olympians and Paralympians opens for new applications

09 Feb 2024
Sporting Champion Beth Sullock and Richard Kilty / Everyone Active
Up-and-coming athletes across the UK are being given the chance to take their careers to the next level – in an Olympic and Paralympic year – with Everyone Active's Sporting Champions scheme.

Relaunching this month, the renowned programme empowers aspiring athletes to unlock their full potential by offering access to state-of-the-art training facilities and mentoring support from Olympians and Paralympians.

Since its inception in 2016, the scheme has been responsible for more than £2 million worth of support to over 5,000 athletes, providing them with free access to Everyone Active's 230-plus leisure centres nationwide, helping them press forward in their journey to sporting stardom.

Applications open on Monday, February 12, 2024 and run until Monday, March 11, 2024 via the Everyone Active Sporting Champions website, easportingchampions.com

The past year has seen the scheme support the next generation of stars, including 14-year-old, swimmer Jaden Leo, gold medalist in his age category at Swim England Championships, gymnast Ondine Achampong, part of Team Great Britian’s first team gold medal at a European Championships, swimmer Hollie Widdows, winner of three gold, three silver and one bronze medal at British Summer Swimming Championships 2023 and Paralympic triathlete, Claire Cashmore, who placed 2nd in the women’s PTS5 category at the 2023 World Triathlon Championship Finals.

For 2024, the legendary Colin Jackson, Olympic 110m hurdles silver medallist and former world record holder, returns as the scheme's Ambassador.

He will be working alongside a line-up of inspiring Elite athletes who have starred on the Olympic and Paralympic stage – Lauren Steadman, Lutalo Muhammad, Jessica and Jennifer Gadirova, Kadeena Cox, Richard Kilty Maisie Summers-Newton – in group mentoring sessions throughout the year. These sporting heroes will share their wisdom and expertise, guiding up and coming athletes every step of the way.

Colin said: "I'm passionate about nurturing young talent and the Sporting Champions scheme goes above and beyond in this mission. With the Olympics and Paralympics taking place in Paris this summer, the programme takes on even greater significance in 2024. Seeing these future champions flourish fuels my excitement for what's to come."

At Tokyo 2020, no fewer than 30 Sporting Champions competed, taking home five gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

David Bibby, Everyone Active’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to support up and coming athletes from across the country, as they continue their journey to success.

“As a leisure provider working in partnership with more than 65 local authority partners, we feel it is important to cater for all sections of the community and break down the barriers that may impact young people from taking the next step in their sporting career.

“The Sporting Champions scheme has supported thousands of athletes over the years and we are proud to be continuing this again in 2024.

“We hope to continue making a real difference to all our athletes’ successes and are excited to see what this Olympic and Paralympic year will bring.”

In the lead up to the successful Sporting Champions being announced, Everyone Active will be hosting the British Swimming Championships at London Aquatics Centre, from 2nd to 7th April 2024. Several athletes from the scheme, including Para-Swimmer of the Year and Athlete of Year at the British Swimming Awards 2023, Maisie Summers-Newton, will be competing at the iconic venue, managed by Everyone Active from March 2024.

Follow the Sporting Champions Instagram (@easportingchamps) for more information on how to apply.
More press releases and updates from Everyone Active:
Everyone Active, a leading operator in the leisure industry, has partnered with ReferAll to manage all its health and wellbeing referral schemes. Everyone Active, which operates more than 200 leisure facilities across the UK, is now using ReferAll’s data management platform to collate real-time information for its community health and wellbeing programmes.
More than ten years on since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has appointed Everyone Active, the longest-established leisure contractor in the UK, as the new operator for the London Aquatics Centre at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme, now in its seventh year, will crown athletes from its sports talent development programme on Tuesday, 7 November.
Everyone Active has launched the UK’s first Active Wellbeing Suite. The new studio will help improve health inequalities in Middlesbrough by supporting active ageing and local residents with long-term conditions.
A new partnership has been launched to support the net zero ambitions of leading leisure operator, Everyone Active.
Everyone Active: news from HCMmag.com and FitTechGlobal.com
Everyone Active has launched a new service offering access to medical appointments with qualified doctors via its membership option, Everyone Wellness, which gives them tools to support their overall health.
Everyone Active is launching an immersive fitness experience at its Queen Mother Sports Centre in Cental London.
A local leisure centre has begun work on a £1,000,000 refurbishment to provide state-of-the- art facilities for local people.
St Albans City and District Council has signed a ten-year deal with Sport and Leisure Management (SLM) trading under the brand name Everyone Active.
Easton Leisure Centre in the UK has announced a 100 per cent reduction in heating costs of its 25m swimming pool this summer.
The new £42m Moorways Sports Village will open its doors to the public on Saturday 21 May. The community-focused development is the result of a partnership between Derby City Council and Everyone Active – which will run the facility and the adjacent Moorways Stadium with its outdoor athletics track and football pitches.
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Tel: 01455 890 508
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