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How ICON Works for Athletes

ICON George Woolgar

Golfer George Woolgar is interviewed.

Criteria for applying as an athlete and ICON benefits

Playing sport to a high level can be expensive, but there are organisations and businesses across Derbyshire willing to lend a hand.

At Derbyshire Sport, we pool the financial contributions made by our ICON members and distribute money to the most talented athletes across the county's eight districts, together with Derby City.

To be considered for a bursary, all athletes are either already competing for England or Great Britain or are part of recognised national development squads or club academy structures.

Athletes also receive free access to leisure facilities in the area where they live or train.

When can athletes apply?

Applications for bursaries open each summer from a date that is announced on this website and also in the local media.

Applications are then considered and recipients of bursaries announced before Christmas. ICON launch events for each area are then held late in each year or in the early part of the New Year.

Email martin.hird@derbyshire.gov.uk or call 01773 571233 with any queries.

For a full list of athletes currently backed by ICON, click here.