Wiltshire Cricket Limited Talent Pathway Support Fund
Wiltshire Cricket Limited recognises that to participate in talent pathway cricket incurs an inevitable financial cost. The Wiltshire Cricket Talent Pathway Support Fund recognises that individuals and their families at all levels within the pathway make significant sacrifices and financial contributions to support and enable participation within the various aspects of the programme; from winter coaching through to summer matches.
To better support children who may be suffering from financial difficulties or whose family circumstances mean they are at a disadvantage relative to their pathway peers, Wiltshire Cricket Limited has made available a limited Support Fund to eligible young cricketers.
The scheme is open to any girl or boy selected for a Wiltshire Cricket Talent Pathway programme, starting from Under 10s through to Under 18s and including both Development and County level programmes.
What will we fund?
Wiltshire Cricket recognises that there are some key areas of cost relating to participation in talent pathway programmes, and therefore the Support Fund will seek to support the following:
- Winter Coaching Programme registration fees
- Summer Fixture match fees
- Talent Pathway clothing
Criteria for applying
To be eligible to apply for the Support Fund, the child must have been selected for either a winter coaching programme or summer pathway squad.
As part of the application for support through the fund we will ask for a high level of disclosure from applicants about their financial circumstances. The information received will be treated in the strictest of confidence.
As part of the application, applicants will be invited to explain why they need support from the fund. Within this, we will look for evidence one or more of the following:
- Their family is undergoing significant financial hardship or;
- They are in receipt of Pupil Premium and/or free school meals
- Their family is in receipt of government benefits including universal credit
- They are a university student that currently qualifies for maximum maintenance loan or grant support.
- They are completely estranged from their parents or;
- They are living in local authority care or;
- They are currently caring, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem could not cope without the cricketer’s support.
Please note that funds are limited. Grants from the fund are discretionary and therefore there is no guarantee that an application will be successful. When considering each application, Wiltshire Cricket Limited will take a majority view as to which application/s will support the greatest impact at that given point. Applications will be decided on a case by case basis and no decision of Wiltshire Cricket Limited will create a precedent for future cases.
When can you apply?
Applications for a Support Fund can be made at two points throughout the year, with the deadline for each as follows
- 15th November to support with cost of Winter Coaching Programme fees
- 15th April to support with cost of Summer Matchplay match fees and clothing
*If players are selected for talent pathway teams part way through a season, we will consider an application outside of the timeframes below.
Please note that awards are made for the current year only. Recipients can apply again for the following year and will be considered again alongside all other applicants.
How to apply?
If you would like to apply to the Talent Pathway Support Fund please contact email@example.com for an application form.
Wiltshire Cricket will also promote details of the Talent Pathway support fund to all players selected for talent pathway programme at the point that they receive their notification of selection.
All applications will be formally replied to, in writing communicating the outcome of the application
If successful, how will it work?
If successful, we will provide a discount code to the cricketer to enable them to fund the costs for which we are providing support
What if not successful?
If an application is unsuccessful, we will try to signpost cricketers to other potential areas of support. We also have the option, under the discretion of Wiltshire Cricket Limited, to stagger payments for our talent pathway programmes if this helps to make the programmes more financially affordable.
For any queries relating to any of the above information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org