Halo Leisure are continuing to show their commitment to developing sporting talent, by calling for applications to its Halo Sport Foundation scheme. The Foundation (run in conjunction with the national GLL Sport Foundation and supported by Sports Aid) gives ambitious sportsmen, women and children in the Herefordshire, crucial support for their future. It offers thousands of pounds worth of funding and free training opportunities to local people (of all ages). It is all about investing in local talent; supporting local athletes and inspiring local communities. 

“As a not for profit organisation and registered charity whose primary aim is to provide the local community with active leisure facilities, we are delighted to be able to offer support through the Sport Foundation for another year,” said Alex Haines, Partnership Manager. “We see it as an opportunity to put something back into the community that has supported us so well.”

Research shows 80% of these aspiring sports men and women have little funding to support their ambitions. “Many of the county’s most talented sports people struggle to meet the rising costs of competition”, said Alex. “The Foundation will assist local talented athletes towards achieving their full sporting potential by helping to reduce some of the financial burden of sporting costs.”

Since the scheme launched, over 120 athletes (able bodied and disabled) representing over 30 sports have benefited from over £60,000 worth of Foundation backing – triathlon, swimming, gymnastics, sailing, judo, rowing, water polo, badminton, hockey, bowls, athletics, equestrian, kayaking, fencing and disability football. They use our gyms, group exercise classes, pools, racket sports courts and indoor and outdoor sports pitches to keep fit and prepare for their next competitive event.