Next generation of talented athletes to be supported by Sporting Champions scheme

Published: 28 May 2024

Moorways sports village starting block

Everyone Active's Sporting Champions scheme helps talented athletes get off to a great start in their career

Up-and-coming athletes in Derby are set to gain much-needed support as part of a sports talent development programme.

Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme, now in its eighth year, has helped more than 5,000 athletes to achieve their sporting potential by providing free access to Everyone Active’s 230-plus leisure facilities, including Moorways Sports Village.   

Among the athletes accepted on the scheme in Derby this year are: 

  • Para-swimmer Tully Kearney MBE, who won gold at the Paralympic Games in 2021 and set a world record for the 100m relay – trains at Moorways Sports Village
  • Triathlete Hugo Milner, who took home gold at the Triathlon World Cup in Japan last October – trains at Moorways Sports Village

Alongside free access to Everyone Active centres, Sporting Champions will also receive valuable mentoring and guidance from an impressive panel of Elite athletes, some of whom look set to compete at Paris 2024.

The scheme’s all-star line-up of decorated Olympians and Paralympians includes Jennifer and Jessica Gadirova, Lutalo Muhammad, Richard Kilty, Lauren Steadman and Maisie Summers-Newton, while new to the panel for 2024 is GB sprint star Harry Aikines-Aryeetey.

These Elite athletes will share their experience and expertise through group mentoring sessions, covering topics including mental wellbeing, nutrition, managing finances, social media and media training. 

Olympic silver medallist Colin Jackson will also continue to support the scheme through his role as an Ambassador, working alongside the Elite athletes to make sport more accessible within local communities. Colin said:

I'm passionate about nurturing young talent and the Sporting Champions scheme goes above and beyond in this mission. With the Olympics and Paralympics taking place in Paris this summer, the programme takes on even greater significance in 2024. Seeing these future champions flourish fuels my excitement for what's to come.

The Sporting Champions scheme has poured more than £2million into young athletes across the country, proving its commitment to grassroots sporting excellence.

At the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, no fewer than 30 Sporting Champions competed, taking home five gold, two silver and three bronze medals.

Simon Morgan, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said:

Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme has been very successful in providing exceptional support to emerging talent and we are delighted to be once again supporting athletes from Derby on their journey to success. 

It’s fantastic to see how the scheme has expanded over the years, now providing more than 1,000 athletes nationwide with access to top-quality training facilities and support. 

As a leisure provider working in partnership with Derby City Council, we feel it is important to cater for all sections of the community. We hope to continue making a real difference to our athletes’ success and are excited to see what the relaunch of the scheme will bring this year.

Councillor Nadine Peatfield, Derby City Council’s Cabinet Member for City Centre, Regeneration, Culture and Tourism, said:

It’s fantastic that Derby’s newest Sporting Champions are already training at Moorways Sports Village. I wish them every success for the future.

What’s great about Moorways is that you don’t have to be seriously competitive to make use of its 50m swimming pool and other excellent facilities. They are here for all the community to enjoy.

To find out more about the Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme, visit or follow @easportingchamps on Instagram. For further information on Everyone Active, visit 

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