The Sports Council was formed in 2001 to act as a voice and offer support to the Surrey Heath sporting community. The Sports Council is made up of appointed members from all sections of this community and includes representatives from the Borough Council, Schools, Community Sports Organisations and the County Sports Partnership. The Borough Council grant aids to the Sports Council and in turn the Sports Council grant aids to local sports groups and individuals. The Sports Council meet quarterly and all sports organisations actively operating or intending to operate within the Borough can apply for membership.
The Sports Council's objectives are:
- To promote, support and encourage participation in all forms of sports as recognised by Sport England
- To provide grants to talented athletes, coaches and people who find financial constraints a barrier to participation
The Sports Council provide four different grants of up to £250:
Club Grant - Grants are awarded to clubs, primarily towards the cost of specialist equipment with the objective of benefiting or improving membership. The applicant(s) must operate in and benefit the residents of Surrey Heath
Talented Individual Grant - Grants are awarded to talented athletes who live in Surrey Heath and are county or national representatives. The grants can be used to cover the cost of travel, coaching, equipment and membership .The applicant must live in Surrey Heath and evidence county or national playing standard
Coach Education Grant - Grants are awarded to coaches wanting to achieve recognised national governing body qualifications. The applicant(s) must live in Surrey Heath and use the grant for the benefit of Surrey Heath clubs/residents
Hardship Grant - Grants are awarded to those where cost is the main barrier to sport. The applicant must demonstrate that they fulfil one of the following: on jobseekers allowance, incapacity benefits or free school meals
The Wall of Fame
Harry Dugmore with the Sports Council's support has gone on to represent England U16's in Rugby Union. As vice-captain in his first game against Wales, a comfortable 41-22 win certainly bodes well for future.
For more information or for an application form please contact firstname.lastname@example.org