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Elite athletes from the Outer Hebrides can benefit from a new initiative scheme to support travel costs to the mainland.


Now open for applications, the pilot Islands Athlete Travel Award Scheme from sportscotland will support up to 24 high-performing island athletes to attend training and competitions.


The aim is to help the elite athletes of the Outer Hebrides, Orkney and Shetland to gain better access to competitive and developmental opportunities available on the mainland.


Up to eight individuals could benefit in the Western Isles with £1,500 available per person this year.


Awards will be allocated through an application process, with athletes required to evidence how the grant will improve their performance, provide them access to quality training opportunities and improve their sports or club environment.

Sportscotland has allocated each of the three local authorities £10,000 with the council topping this up with £2,000 of their own funding plus the equivalent of  £3,000 of management and administrative time.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 26th March.


Athlete travel award scheme launched

8 March 2018