Funding for Athletics in Sussex

Active Sussex has information about ways in which funding can be obtained by individual athletes needing funds to continue in their sport, or clubs looking to fund development projects.

Visit the Funding page on the Active Sussex website for more information. 


Freedom Leisure Talented Athlete Support Scheme in Sussex

The scheme provides free access to over 30 leisure centres in Sussex, Surrey and Kent.
Successful applicants will be entitled to a 12 month Connected membership allowing use of all our sites in Sussex including K2 Crawley which was an official Olympic and Paralympic Training venue.  For information about the scheme click here.
To be eligible to apply for the scheme you must meet the following criteria:
• Athletes must be ranked within the top ten nationally of the sport (verification will be required) 
• Athletes must reside in a Borough, District or authority within Sussex that Freedom leisure operate the leisure facilities (Brighton & Hove, Hastings, Rother, Crawley) or the club they attend be based at one of these centres.
• Athletes must compete in one of the 46 Funded Sport England sports  
• Be 14-25 years old (exceptional candidates outside this range can still be considered for the programme).




SportsAid helps young disabled and non-disabled athletes to achieve their ambitions.

These athletes are typically aged 12 to 18* and include some of Britain’s brightest hopes for future Olympic and Paralympic success.

Research published in 2012 showed that these athletes:

  • Typically train for more than 15 hours a week on top of school or college commitments
  • Travel 650 miles a month to train and compete
  • Spend more than £6,400 a year on their sport. 

At this stage of an athlete's career, sponsorship deals can be hard to find, so most rely entirely on their family and SportsAid for financial support. 


* While most SportsAid athletes are between the ages of 12 and 18, the age range does vary by sport and particularly for disability sports, which often nominate older athletes for SportsAid Awards.

- See more at:



Young Athlete Grant Scheme

The AAA has a fund which is able to support English Athletes under the age of 23 who are in full time education and active in athletics.  Applicants should not be receiving other funding and be eligible to compete for England.

It is possible to apply for funds for costs including equipment and travel. Application close mid February each year and successful applicants are contacted in April. Details on the England Athletics site CLICK HERE   



The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund

The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund invites applications from young track and field athletes who are in education and may need financial help towards training or provision of equipment. Applicants must be aged between 15 and 23 years, medallists from their National Schools AA, AAA U17, & U20 or U23 Championships or in the top six of the appropriate UK ranking lists.

Funding Amount Approx. £500. Website:



The Arthur J C Kendall Memorial Fund

The Arthur JC Kendall Memorial Fund aims to encourage, promote and develop participation in athletics as a means of promoting physical health in the young of the community. Applications or beneficiaries must, therefore, be under the age of 21 years. 



Accentuate Funding

Funding is available from Accentuate to support athletes, clubs and coaches involved in the national Playground to Podium project which aims to identify and support talented disabled athletes. 

Please click here to view the full details, or contact Liz Purbrick for more information: .