Applications for the Opportunity for Excellence scheme are open

The Council is committed to supporting talented sports individuals as they progress in their chosen sport.

The Opportunity for Excellence scheme offers gifted sports people the chance to be rewarded with a year’s membership to a local leisure centre to help towards their training and development.


Eligible youngsters need to be of a county standard or above in a recognised sport, reside within the Borough of Broxbourne and must be aged 11 years or above. Recent recipients of this award include Bethan Forrow, a 20-year-old canoeist from Cheshunt who represents Team GB at U23s level and Owen Lambert, 16-year-old Judokwai fighter from Hoddesdon who is a European and British Champion.


Councillor Dee Hart, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Health said: “There is a wealth of talent out there and Broxbourne Borough Council is committed to supporting our sports stars of the future through funding access to the fantastic facilities on offer in Broxbourne.”


“I would urge our local athletes to apply for the same funding that supported GB track cycle star, Dame Laura Kenny, to one of her finest moments of her sporting career, competing and winning multiple gold medals at the 2012 Olympic Games.”

The deadline for the next round of Opportunity for Excellence applicants is 31 March 2023. For more information, or to complete an online application form, please visit or contact Broxbourne Council's Community Development Team at


Published: 30th November 2022