GLL Sport Foundation has already helped 200 basketball players - could you be next?

GLL, the UK’s largest charitable leisure social enterprise, is set to support over three thousand athletes through its athlete support programme, the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF), which is now open for applications. 

The GSF supports athletes across 65 areas of the UK with financial help, physiotherapy, a ‘Better’ Gym membership and more.

In 2021, GLL supported more than 200 basketball players and in 2022 is investing over £1 million into the development of local athletes, who aspire to follow in the footsteps of athletes such as Joe Ikhinmwin, Will Saunders and Paul Guede.

Ambassador Ikhinmwin explained how the support he received aided his journey, “I am very honoured to be a GLL ambassador. I believe this support has enabled me to achieve and grow into the position that I am in today."

In 2021, 63% of the GSF's supported athletes were under 21 years old and 96% received no other funding. The impact of the Foundation is significant and highlighted by GSF Patron Sally Gunnell OBE, who remains the only athlete to hold consecutive Olympic, World and Commonwealth titles.

“From my own experience starting out as a young athlete and progressing through my sport, I understand how important the recognition and support from organisations like the GLL Sport Foundation can be to a young athletes. It can make the difference in achieving sporting ambitions.

“This is ever-more important today as we recover from a difficult and challenging two years, where dreams have been put on hold and sport had to stop. Athletes can now refocus having re-started competition and working towards those goals with the support of the GLL Sport Foundation.”

Over its 13 years, the GSF has invested over £12.1 million supporting athletes, providing more than 16,000 awards. This support has yielded a staggering 76 Olympic and Paralympic medals for GSF athletes. 

Applications are open until the 20 February.