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Athlete Travel Award Scheme

The Athlete Travel Award Scheme is designed to support performance or development athletes from Orkney with their travel and accommodation costs for an agreed training and competition schedule.

This scheme is funded by sportscotland and Orkney Islands Council and is administered locally by Orkney Islands Council. The scheme can support individuals that are taking part in recognised sports. We hope it will make a real difference to the quality of sports performance for people living in Orkney.

Applications will re-open in February 2025

The overarching aim of this scheme is to improve opportunities for Orkney athletes to participate, progress and achieve in sport by:

  • Helping to prepare Scotland's best athletes from Orkney to perform on the national and international stage;
  • Providing financial support for Orkney athletes to access high performance expertise in sport;
  • Helping Orkney athletes to consistently achieve selection to national age grade, national GB programmes and ultimately winning on the world stage.

The outcomes that will be monitored by this scheme are:

  • Athletes from Orkney gaining National representation (age group / open) in accordance with Scottish Governing Body pathways;
  • Athletes from Orkney gaining representation at the Commonwealth Games;
  • Athletes from Orkney gaining selection to GB World Class (Podium, Podium Potential) funded programmes in Olympic / Paralympic sports;
  • Athletes from Orkney winning medals at the NatWest International Island Games;
  • Athletes from Orkney who are currently on a Professional Sporting Pathway;
  • Athletes from Orkney who are transitioning to Mainland Scotland to further their sporting pathways within higher performing environments.
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Data Protection Act 1998 / Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Orkney Islands Council is registered as a Data Controller in terms of the Data Protection Act 1998.  The information provided by you will be stored by the Council on a central electronic database and will be used by the Sport and Leisure Service to process and evaluate the application. In addition your information will be shared with sportscotland as a member of the assessment panel and for national monitoring of participation in sport. Your information will also be shared with Key Partners as a member of the assessment panel to assess your application and be used by the Council’s Finance Services to process your payments should you be successful.

Please contact us if you have any questions about how your information will be used.

Please note that your information, should you be successful, will be stored by the Council for 5 years plus current year before being destroyed. The information for unsuccessful applications will be stored for 1 year plus current year before being destroyed.

Please note the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 gives any person the right to request certain information that we hold.   The Council regularly releases information about grant awards and information regarding your application may be made available to the public.  Any personal information provided will be processed in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

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