STAFFORDSHIRE County Council has launched its new athlete grant scheme to support some of the county's most promising young sports people.
The "Staffordshire's Talented Athlete Fund" (STAF) offers awards of up to £1,000 to help young people meet the costs associated with training and competition.
Awards are made to young people in three categories – gold, silver and bronze – in selected sports to reflect the broad range of talent in the county.
Mike Lawrence, cabinet member for Children, Communities and Localism with Staffordshire County Council, said: "We are blessed with a wealth of young sporting talent here in Staffordshire and as a council, we take our responsibility for nurturing this talent very seriously.
"STAF is just one of the initiatives being delivered by the Council and Sport-Across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, to provide talented young people with opportunities to fulfil their sporting potential.
"I would encourage anyone who meets the criteria to make an application – and look forward to seeing them progress and, hopefully, take their places on Olympic and Paralympic podiums in Rio, Tokyo and beyond".
The fund is looking for applications from athletes who are committed, driven and proud to represent Staffordshire.Applicants must either live or go to school in Staffordshire and have a date of birth that falls between September 1, 1993 and August 31, 2002. Athletes with a disability may have a date of birth that falls between September 1, 1986 and August 31, 2002.
For full details on the fund or to download an application pack, visit www.sportacrossstaffordshire.co.uk. The closing date for applications is March 2, 2014.