ATHLETES in Ealing have the opportunity to gain vital support as part of a sports talent development programme.

Now in its sixth year, Everyone Active’s Sporting Champions scheme will provide more than 1,000 up and coming athletes across the UK with free access to its 200-plus leisure centres.

Athletes accepted on to the scheme this year include Commonwealth Games finalist in the hammer throw, Dempsey McGuigan, and swimming Olympian in Ekaterina Avramova.

Alongside free access to Everyone Active centres, Sporting Champions will also receive mentoring and guidance from influential sports stars.

Phil Edwards, Everyone Active contract manager, said: “It’s fantastic to see how the scheme has expanded over the years, now providing more than 1,000 athletes with access to top-quality training and support.

“As a leisure provider working in partnership with Ealing Council, we feel it is important to cater for all sectors of the community.”