Athletes must live within the greater Plymouth area (PL postcode) and must have represented their chosen sport at national/international level. They can only apply for one award per calendar year and must be aged between 11-21 years old at the time of application.
All athletes (or their nominees) need to submit a fresh application for an award on an annual basis, even if they have been awarded MAD funding in previous years. Applicants need to fill in and submit their Making A Difference application form to Julie Woodman at Plymouth Marjon University by 30th September annually. Athletes who are successfully selected will usually be informed by 30th November annually.
Athletes who are successfully selected by the determining committee will receive a grant payment and sports therapy support.
The number of awards made will be dependant on the amount of funds available in any given year.
The MAD fund is generated through a range of activities. All athletes in receipt of MAD funding are asked to commit 100% to the ethos and culture of the programme. If these standards aren’t met, participants may be asked to leave the programme.
There are rules and the Making A Difference code of conduct which must be agreed and copies signed before funding is released. In addition MAD-sponsored athletes are asked to submit an annual list of upcoming events and competitions in which they intend to participate.