The search is one for Cornwall’s 2019 up and coming sports’ stars.

Social enterprise organisation GLL, which runs Cornwall’s leisure centres on behalf of the council, is inviting applications from any talented athlete looking for additional support through its sports foundation (GSF) to meet the high costs of training and travel.

Last year, 95 people of all ages and abilities received financial assistance, free training membership at any GLL leisure centre across the UK and free injury rehabilitation with a Cornwall-based physio. The included mixed martial arts specialist Kate Jackson, 32, from Lostwithiel; basketball player Matthew Marsh, 16, a former student at Penair School who has now moved to Spain after securing a scholarship with FC Barcelona’s basketball team; windsurfer Finn Hawkins, 15, from St Austell, who claimed Team GB’s first individual medal of the 2018 Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires and English International rugby union player Michaella Roberts, 21, from Camborne.

“To succeed at the top levels of competitive sport requires huge dedication and commitment – not only from the individuals concerned, but from their families too,” said GLL’s Community Sports Manager Karen Edmond. “That’s why GLL set up GSF 10 years ago and why just over 3000 athletes from all over the country benefitted from our help in 2018 alone.

“As the country’s largest leisure social enterprise, our ethos is all about giving back to the local community and nurturing Cornwall-based top-level sports talent is a very important way of doing that.”

2019 applications close on 20 February. For more information and eligibility criteria, visit the website.