1. Skip to content

GO GOLD Funding Programme

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented athletes and coaches who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games participants and their support structure.

Applications for GO GOLD Funding are currently closed and will reopen in Autumn 2017.

Please use the links provided to find out more information on GO GOLD and to take a look at the Profiles and Blogs of our current GO GOLD Athletes.

GO GOLD Highlights

Jonny pictured left

Former GO GOLD funded rower Jonny Walton from Kirby Muxloe competed at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games with John Collins in the Men's Double Skulls.

The British pair produced an amazing performance in the Semi-Final by finishing in a qualifying 3rd spot with a time of 6.13.83. In the final against 7 other nations, they finished in fifth place which capped off an amazing debut tournament for Jonny. After the final Jonny tweeted:

"Can come away proud. Olympic finalists, finishing 5th in the Men's Double Scull. The support has been incredible".

Jonny has previously spoken about the support he received from GO GOLD:

"The support LRS' GO GOLD Funding Programme gave to me was invaluable in my development as an athlete giving me access to things to help me train race and perform and may not have been able to afford".

Emily Scarratt from Desford is a former GO GOLD Ambassador and was part of the Women's World Cup winning England Rugby Team in 2014. Emily has gone on to captain Team GB's Women's Rugby 7's Team at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

Having beaten hosts Brazil, Japan and Canada in the group stages and Fiji in the Quarter Finals, Team GB lost to a strong New Zealand team in the Semi-Final. Unfortunately Team GB lost the bronze medal match against Canada, but overall the team had an excellent debut Olympics, earning themselves a 4th place finish.

Emily tweeted after the end of the Tournament: "Thank you so much for the phenomenal support we have received over the last few weeks #HeadsHigh"

Emily was supported by GO GOLD for a number of years and said:

"I was extremely fortunate to have been helped during my development by Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport through their GO GOLD Funding Programme. They provided valuable funds that enabled me to use the best training facilities and equipment to continue to push on and improve".

Other GO GOLD supported athletes include;

  • Megan Jones, selected as a travelling reserve with the Women's Rugby 7's Squad at 2016 Rio Olympics.
  • Lizzie Warner (Archery) and Andrew Stamp (Gymnastics), selected for the Team GB Rio 2016 Ambition Programme.
  • Grace Garner, professional cyclist with Wiggle High5.
  • Ben Dijkstra, GB Triathlete and 2 x Youth Olympic Triathlon Champion. Bronze Medalist in the ITU Triathlon Junior World Championships.
  • Lucy Hall, London 2012 Team GB Olympic Triathlete.
  • Laura Samuel, Triple Jump, Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist (2014).
  • Lucy Garner, professional cyclist for Wiggle High5 and is a double Junior World Road Race Champion (2011 & 2012).
  • Dan McLay, professional cyclist for Fortuneo-Vital Concept who finished third on Stage Six of the Tour De France. Dan was the first county rider to race at the Tour de France and had four top 10 finishes throughout the event (2016).

For more information please contact:

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS)

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS)

Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm

SportPark, Loughborough University, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3QF
01509 564888


  • Leicestershire County Council
    Melton Borough Council
    Harborough District Council
    Blaby District Council
  • Leicester City Council
    County Sport Network
    Charnwood Borough Council
    East Midlands Platform
    Rutland County Council
  • Sport England
    Equality Standard
    Age UK L&R
    British Heart Foundation
  • Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
    Loughborough University
    Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    North West Leicestershire District Council


  • Oadby & Wigston Borough Council
    Melton Borough Council
  • British Heart Foundation
    East Midlands Platform
  • Loughborough University
    Blaby District Council
  • Age UK L&R
  • County Sport Network
    Harborough District Council
  • Safeguarding
    North West Leicestershire District Council
  • Leicestershire County Council
    Leicester City Council
  • Sport England
    Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council
  • Equality Standard
    Charnwood Borough Council
  • Rutland County Council