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GO GOLD Athlete Funding

Alongside our partners, we are pleased to support talented individuals through the GO GOLD Funding Programme.

The aim of GO GOLD is to support talented young athletes, including those athletes who are being recognised by their National Governing Bodies as being our future Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth athletes and potential medal winners.

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

Levels of Funding

We are working with some of our Districts to continue offering two levels of athlete funding; Podium and Performance.


Athletes competing at Regional, National or International Level in an Olympic, Paralympic or Commonwealth discipline.

This level is funded by Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council and Rutland County Council. All eligible applicants will be automatically be put forward for Podium Level Funding.

GO GOLD Podium Funding comes in three tiers;


Unsuccessful applicants at Podium Level will be automatically referred to their Local Authority for a Performance grant (£100) if their Local Authority is participating in the programme.

This level is funded by Charnwood Borough Council, Harborough District Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, Leicester City Council, Melton Borough Council, North West Leicestershire District Council, Oadby and Wigston Borough Council and Rutland County Council.

Unfortunately Blaby District Council are no longer able to support the GO GOLD Funding Programme.

GO GOLD Timeline 2016/17

GO GOLD Funding has also undergone some changes to the timescales of the programme in order to now run in line with the financial year.

Athlete workshops will also be scheduled throughout the year starting January 2017.

Time Period

Stage of Process

August 2016

New GO GOLD Criteria published

5th September – 28th October 2016

Applications Open

31st October – 18th November 2016

Applications sent to National Governing Bodies for verification/prioritisation

24th November 2016

GO GOLD Panel to assess all eligible applications

28th November – 2nd December 2016

Applicants notified of the outcome of their application

January 2017

Successful applicants – Begin online blogs and start of free 12 month Leisure Centre access

Unsuccessful applicants – Applications referred to Local Authority if they are participating in the lower level Performance award

March / April 2017

GO GOLD Presentation Evenings (compulsory to attend). Release of first funding installment

October 2017

Release of further funding installment

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


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


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