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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 local, talented 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 the GO GOLD Funding Programme have now closed. Applications will reopen in November 2018.

Please find below the eligibility criteria for GO GOLD Funding.

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 Performance Level of the programme.

GO GOLD Timeline 2018/19

Time Period

Stage of Process

October 2017

GO GOLD Eligibility Criteria published

1st November - 31st December 2017

Applications Open

1 January - 31 January 2018

Applications sent to National Governing Bodies for verification/prioritisation

8 February 2018

GO GOLD Panel to assess all eligible applications

W/C 12 February 2018

Applicants notified of the outcome of their application

April 2018

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

April 2018

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

October 2018

Release of second funding instalment subject to completed blogs

November 2018

Applications for 2019/20 will open

For more information please contact:

Abbi Tyson

Abbi Tyson

Sports Development Officer

Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport

  • Physical Activity Development Projects
  • GO GOLD Funding Programme
  • Workplace Challenge & Workplace Health
  • Melton LSA Link Officer
01509 564879


  • Equality Standard
    Harborough LSA
    Active Leicester
    Sport England
    O&W LSA
  • County Sport Network
    Blaby LSA
    H&B LSA
    Melton LSA
  • Active Rutland
    Leicestershire County Council
    Charnwood LSA


  • Safeguarding
  • Active Leicester
    O&W LSA
  • H&B LSA
    Equality Standard
  • Blaby LSA
    Active Rutland
  • Melton LSA
    Charnwood LSA
  • Sport England
    Harborough LSA
  • County Sport Network
    Leicestershire County Council