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The Sir John Hanson Young Talent Scholarship is designed to support young talented athletes striving to compete at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games to achieve their sporting goals.

The £50,000 award, made possible by a private donation, will provide financial support for five young athletes on their journey to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and beyond.

The scholarship has been designed to support the next generation of English talent as they embark on a challenging journey, assisting them in fulfilling their potential on the international stage.

Ahead of Birmingham 2022, the Sir John Hanson Young Talent Scholarship offers young athletes with an opportunity over the next three years to progress through to the Team England selections, boosting their chances to compete on home soil in 2022.

Applications will close at 23:59 on Sunday 28th April and the five successful athletes will be announced around the milestone of three years to go until the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Commonwealth Games England chief executive, Paul Blanchard, said:

“We are so grateful to the Hanson family, who are good friends of Commonwealth Games England, for the opportunity to provide five athletes with this scholarship. We hope that this funding will help to support those young athletes in their journey to hopefully lead to a successful performance at a home Games.”

Sir John Hanson was a senior British diplomat, senior executive, historian, and academic. Hanson was the Director-General of the British Council between 1992–1998 where he led a major reform programme for management change throughout the British Council, a British organisation specialising in international cultural and educational opportunities.

Team England para powerlifter and board member, Ali Jawad, said:

“Good luck to everybody applying. Make sure you use the opportunity and hopefully you can represent Team England at a home Games.”

Distributed over the next three years, each bursary can be utilised in the best way deemed possible by the athlete, however it is anticipated that the grant will contribute towards travel to training camps and competitions, coaching and training support services, kit and equipment.

Following confirmation of the scholarship, Team England will work closely with the athlete and relevant National Governing Body of sport throughout the duration of the grant agreement to ensure that the individual continues to meet the grant eligibility criteria.

In order to be eligible to apply for the grant, athletes must meet the following criteria:

  • Nineteen years old or younger at the time of application deadline
  • Twenty two years old or younger for a para-athletes at the time of application deadline
  • Represented England or Great Britain at Junior/international level in their current sport/a Commonwealth Games sport
  • Part of a current performance pathway and recognised by their National Governing Body
  • Received a supporting statement from their National Governing Body
  • Not in receipt of a UK Sport Athlete Performance Award (APA)

Sir John Hanson Young Talent Scholarship FAQs

What is the scholarship fund?

Launched for the first time this year, and made possible by a private donation, the Sir John Hanson Young Talent Scholarship is a dedicated fund designed to support young talented athletes on their journey to compete at Birmingham 2022 and beyond.

How do I apply?

The application form provides you with the opportunity to tell us about you and how the scholarship could support you to achieve your sporting goals. Applications via video format are also accepted.

When do I need to apply by?

The online application process closes at 23:59 on Sunday 28th April.

How old do I have to be to apply for the grant?

There is no lower age limit but note you should be identified by your National Governing Body as talented and be actively competing or in a development squad for England. Applications will not be accepted for athletes over the age of 19 or 22 if a para athlete after Sunday 28th April 2019.

How will you know if I am eligible?

When applying online, you will be asked to upload a supporting statement from your National Governing Body. This can be completed by Performance Director, Head Coach, Pathway Programme lead or equivalent and will be cross referenced for ratification during the assessment period.

How will the successful athletes be determined?

Following the closing date of the online application process, a Team England selection panel will assess the individual applications and short list the five successful athletes.

When will I find out if I have been successful?

Successful applications will be notified during the week commencing 10th June 2019.

If I'm successful, how will the grant to distributed?

Team England will enter into a grant agreement with the successful athletes and a payment schedule will be defined on an individual basis determined by the financial requirements for the three year period.

Are there a maximum number of people per sport?

Each application will be assessed against a set criteria and will be judged independently of the other applications received.

What commitment do I need to give?

The successful athletes will be invited to a public launch day in July. Team England will then work closely with the athlete and relevant National Governing Body throughout the duration of the grant agreement to ensure that the individual continues to meet the grant eligibility criteria. This process will be conducted formally twice a year. Upon the completion of the progress meeting the instalment for that period of the cycle will be paid.

Will I get to meet other people on the programme?

Yes, in addition to the public launch date, the successful athletes will be invited to support a number of initiatives throughout their involvement in the scholarship programme.

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