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The National Running Show launches elite and community grant scheme

The National Running Show has today launched an Elite and Community Grant Scheme for 2024, designed to support the upcoming generation of elite athletes and community running groups in the UK.

Runners of all abilities are invited to apply for the grants issued by the National Running Show to help facilitate the next wave of elite athletes and community running groups. The programme’s judging panel will feature a host of distinguished industry experts with winners being announced at the end of the year.

The elite grant is the top tier of funding which aims to support elite runners who inspire through their activities. The money can be used to purchase specialist equipment, access professional training and coaching and to cover travel costs to events. The second stream of funding, the community grant, offers groups across the UK an opportunity to apply for support. The criteria for selection identified those who help encourage inactive people to become more active, promote and encourage lasting sporting habits and help to develop positive attitudes towards running among young people.

Nathalie Davies, UK Managing Director at Raccoon Media Group, commented: “We have met so many inspiring runners in the six years since we launched the National Running Show, and not just athletes, runners who do run a couple of miles a week but are so motivated because of the positive physical and mental outcomes. When Mike (Seaman) set up the National Running Show in 2018 it was his aim to be able to give back to this amazing community and we are delighted to be able to do that through these grants. We feel passionately that running is about more than getting fit and healthy, it’s about friendship, motivation and positive mental health and we know first-hand how important community running groups are in inspiring people who might be reticent to get out and take a few steps.”

For more information and to apply for a National Running Show grant please visit https://nationalrunningshow.com/grants. The deadline for applications is the 30th November 2023 and successful entrants will be notified by the 20th December 2023.

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