The launch of the 40th edition of Greater Manchester Marathon was complemented by the news that organisers have formed a partnership with Trafford Council to support young athletes. Xtra Mile Events Trafford Athlete Fund is the new initiative and will aim to identify and support the careers of promising young athletes in the borough.
Awarded the ‘UK’s Best Marathon’ for the second year in a row, Greater Manchester Marathon boasts the fastest and flattest 26.2 mile course in the country with just 54m of elevation. Over 8,000 runners took part in this year’s race, the highest turnout in the event’s history.
The fund will allow individuals to apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help promising and talented competitors who are aged 18 and under and live within the Trafford boundary. Councillor Michael Cornes, Trafford Council’s lead member for Sports, Culture and Leisure commented: “Sport is an incredibly important part of Trafford’s history and the Trafford Athlete Fund is a great initiative with the right target market.”
“It enables us to do something a little bit different, not just for athletes but for aspiring youngsters in other sports. Our aim is help them reach their full potential and meet their aspirational future goals and to make them realise they are not on their own. This could be by supporting additional coaching, providing better quality equipment or helping towards travel costs. The fund is designed to meet the needs of the athlete as opposed to enforcing rigid criteria on the actual returns.”
The first round of applications for the fund close on 18 January, 2016. More information is available here.