Hebrides elite athletes invited to get travel costs paid

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.

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For a third year, eight elite athletes from the Outer Hebrides will be able to apply for £1,500 to go towards travel costs to the mainland.

The Islands Athletes Travel Award Scheme is open now for individual athletes to apply for the money to be used in the next financial year 2020-21 to be used for improved training.

Athletes will be required to show how the grant will improve their performance, provide them access to quality training opportunities and improve their sports or club environment.

Sportscotland allocated £10k to the Hebrides, Shetland and Orkney with the local authorities paying the rest of the costs.

Stewart Harris, chief executive of sportscotland, said: ‘We recognise the specific challenges faced by island athletes. That’s why we are delighted to continue support for the Island Athlete Travel Scheme, in partnership with the island councils. By working together we can deliver services locally through the sportscotland institute of sport in the Outer Hebrides while providing additional support to allow talented athletes to travel to competitions and progress in their chosen sport.’

Councillor Angus McCormack, chairman of the education, sport and children’s services committee said: ‘The Athlete Travel Award Scheme has been a fantastic addition to the support the Comhairle is able to provide our elite athletes. The feedback from the first year has been very encouraging and I would anticipate a high level of applicants for this year’s grants.’

Application forms are available now on the Comhairle website and the deadline is Friday February 14 at 5pm.

For more information on the scheme, contact the Community Sports Hub officer for your area.