THE next generation of South Lakeland title-chasing athletes can apply for support in their efforts thanks to the GLL Sport Foundation (GSF), the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme.

The GSF, which was launched in 2008 by charitable social enterprise GLL, which operates public leisure facilities in the area, supports athletes with financial backing, physiotherapy and gym memberships at GLL’s 'Better' sport and leisure facilities.

“GSF recognises the difficulty that many talented athletes face in getting the necessary support to take the next step into elite competition, with 96 per cent of GSF athletes receiving no additional funding" said GLL patron Sally Gunnell OBE.

"With a massive year of sport coming up, this support will be even more important as many athletes begin to target major honours.”

Applications can be submitted via the GLL Sport Foundation website up to February 20, 2020.