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18.02.2009 |

Central London Officials benefit from bursary scheme

Official Sports London, the bursary scheme for Londoners who want to complete sports officiating qualifications is open for applications in 17 Olympic and Paralympic Sports; athletics, badminton, basketball, boxing, equestrianism (show jumping), fencing, football, gymnastics, judo, swimming, table tennis, tennis, triathlon, volleyball, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wrestling. Official Sports London is open to anyone aged 16+ and living in London who wants to complete an officiating course and at least 15 hours of volunteer officiating.

This exciting scheme allows people to apply for a bursary to help them to complete a sports officiating qualification and 15 hours of volunteer officiating. Bursary awards can help to cover costs such as course costs, license and membership fees, equipment and uniform, travel costs and childcare costs. Official Sports London will fund up to 80% of costs for successful applicants, with a maximum bursary of 350.

To date just under 21% of successful applicants have come from the Pro-Active Central London area, which is a great result for Central London. With London 2012 just around the corner, what better time to support grassroots and local sports in your area by becoming a volunteer sports official?

Of the successful applicants from Central London so far, badminton, boxing, tennis, triathlon and volleyball are all represented. Applicants range from people who have never officiated or volunteered in sport before to people who have been supporting sport locally for many years, and will now be able to add to their qualifications.

If you are interested in finding out more, or applying to Official Sports London for funding please visit and/or contact Deirdre Cole, Official Sports London Co-ordinator: email or call 020 7749 9173.