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Basingstoke Sports Trust offers scholarships for athletes when they have become county representative level or higher in their selective sports.  We know how important it is to support our local athletes especially with the opportunity of competing at a national level. A scholarship gives the athlete access to our facilities, to enable them to train for free and take advantage of our first class facilities.  

Basingstoke Sports Centre is proud to be in partnership with Louise Grainger - a member of the England Nets Netball Team.

In October 2015 England Netball took gold at the Nets World Championships in Australia. Four teams went to the Aged World Championships, and the U18 ladies squad became World Champions, beating South Africa 51- 47 in the final. They also became the first ever England team to beat Australia in Nets, doing so three times across the competition!

Following on from the success of the U18 ladies in Australia, three squads (U21 Ladies, Ladies and Mixed) travelled to Wellington, New Zealand in August 2016.

The Ladies squad came away as Champions! Winning the 7s World Indoor Netball World Cup. Captains, Tallisa Haynes and Clare Elsley won Player of the Tournament and Play of the Final respectively


Scholars are selected depending on their age, occupation and where they live and need to be thirteen years or above.

The interview selection takes place with a panel of councillors, trustees and sports specialists, and each year up to 10 athletes are chosen for this award. 

2020 BST Scholarships include:

  • Isla Hignett - (Tennis)
  • Cameron Coveney - (Biathlon & Triathlon)
  • Sibi Kumara - (Karate)
  • Jay Fennell -   (Gymnastics)
  • Harry Richardson - (Athletics)
  • Kaitlin Lafferty - (Gymnastics)
  • Jake Hall - (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu)
  • Cat Coveney - (Biathlon & Triathlon)
  • Alex Bigg - (Biathlon & Triathlon)
  • Liam Hignett - (Tennis)

Hampshire Talented Athlete Scheme (HTAS)

Hampshire County Council in partnership with other agencies provide services to help Hampshire's most talented athletes reach world class podiums. Support is based on performance levels and can include free access to Gym Facilities in participating leisure centres including Basingstoke Sports Centre. 

The scheme is open to residents in the borough who are aged over 11 years competing in HTAS supported sports and at the required level. Full details of the scheme are available via the Hampshire Sports partnership website www3.hants.gov.uk/shiow/talentedathletes.htm

For more information about both schemes please contact David - [email protected]