GBR Athlete Funding Opportunities

There are a number of funding opportunities available to young athletes on a pathway to Senior International success, including:


SportsAid helps the most promising young British athletes by providing them with financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities during the critical early stages of their careers. SportsAid helps more than a thousand young talented athletes across the country every year from over 60 sports – most of which are Olympic and Paralympic disciplines.

SportsAid’s objective is to support the next generation of the UK’s brightest prospects who receive no other funding and rely on parents for support for all aspects of their training and competition, British Fencing nominate fencers for Core awards and Backing the Best awards.

Nominations for SportsAid awards are completed during November each season. Meeting the nomination criteria does not necessarily guarantee a SportsAid award because the charity can only distribute what it has fundraised.


Backing the Best

The Backing The Best programme, managed by SportsAid for Sport England, supports athletes who would face difficulties progressing through their sport’s talent development system without critical financial help.  Awards contribute to essential costs such as travel, accommodation, kit and support by coaches and physios. Athletes are nominated by BF, based on a number of places allocated by SportsAid, and awards are made by SportsAid on a case-by-case basis, The objective of these awards are to make Talent Pathways more inclusive.

To be nominated fencers must be involved with the Athlete Development Programme, be likely to represent GBR, and have a household income less than £50,000.

SportsAid are responsible for the means testing for this award based on the information fencers provide directly to them to them.

To be put forward for the Backing the Best award please follow the below process.

  1. Familiarise yourself with the information on the SportsAid website
  2. Submit your Athlete Profile to and state in the email that you wish to be put forward for the Backing the Best Award.
  3. State that you meet the eligiblity criteria.
  4. If your expression of interest is succesful you will be invited to complete the online SportsAid Athlete Portal, this must be done before the specified deadline.

Please note that SportsAid awards can only be awarded to fencers registered with BF as living in England. For information on similar support outside of England please contact your respective Home Nation or visit



TASS (Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme) is a Sport England funded partnership between talented athletes, education institutions and national governing bodies of sport. The TASS scheme helps athletes in education – aged 16-plus – to get the very best from their sporting and academic careers without having to choose between the two. TASS provides vital support services via a national network of experienced practitioners based at TASS Delivery Sites throughout England.

TASS supports student-athletes through annual individual awards or sport-specific projects. They operate during the academic year from September 1st – August 31st. BF nominates fencers before the start of each fencing season to be supported in that coming season.



We encourage fencers to explore what funding and Sport Scholarships are available to them at their University. References and supporting documents can be provided by contacting


GLL Foundation

The GLL Foundation support 2500+ athletes per annum across the UK including a number of fencers. This support provides fencers with financial assistance and world class training facilities through their network of gyms.

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UK Sport Funding – Named Athlete ‘Podium’

As a ‘Progression’ funded sport we can apply for individual named athletes to receive  ‘Podium’ funding to support their individual Olympic programme.  The performance criteria include medal winning performances at Senior World Championships and/or Olympics.


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