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Free Access to National Sports People (FANS)

Craven Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre offers elite and talented athletes free membership through the FANS scheme.

FANS: Free Access for National Sports People 2017

We offered 11 free memberships to Craven Swimming Pool and Fitness Centre for local elite and talented athletes during 2016.  Applications are now open for 2017, with a closing date of 8th January 2017 for existing FANS members and 15th January 2017 for NEW applications

Details of the scheme are in the word icon FANS membership application form 2017 [209kb] 2017 FANS Criteria and Application form.  

Talented and Gifted Sports Grants

The Council does not have a grant scheme to support talented athletes.  There are however two national schemes that support.  One is Sports Aid (a charity) and the other is the Governments Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS).

You can also try and seek sponsorship or contact your national governing body to ask them if they have any funding schemes to help.


The Sports Development Service has gained Quest accreditation (UK Quality Scheme for Sport and Leisure) with a score of 85% leading to an "Excellent" rating. 
This represents one of the highest scores in the UK.

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