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The Adam Gibbons Sports Foundation offers financial support and funding to young, emerging athletes, covering the cost of things like coaching, training, travel and accommodation. Through its partnership with the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme (LEAP), the foundation also provides sportspeople with advice, guidance and training specific to their individual needs, helping them to carve out a career as a professional athlete.
The foundation was created in 2008 in memory of Adam – a wonderful son, brother and friend. Everyone knew about Adam’s love of sport – from football and judo to golf and snooker, he played just about everything. So it was decided that the best way to remember Adam was to set up a charity, supporting talented young athletes in the local area to achieve their full potential.
The foundation has donated over £90,000 in support of young athletes and local sporting organisations. Some of these athletes have gone on to compete at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as various World and European Championships. One athlete won a gold medal at the Rio Olympics in 2016; one became Head Boy at the Royal Ballet School in London; another went on to break two world records in RaceRunning.
Adam was born on the 14th March 1989 at Lincoln County Hospital. He was a very popular and respected young man, living all his life in Cherry Willingham. He spent many happy days at Reepham Primary School before leaving for Cherry Willingham Community School, where he was appointed as Head Boy in 2004. A modest young man, he didn’t originally want to be Head Boy. But with a little persuading, he decided to go for it – and he didn’t regret it one bit.
During his short life, Adam belonged to the Cherry Willingham & Reepham Tennis Club and the Cherry Judo Club, as well as playing badminton at school. But Adam’s main passion was football – he spent many years with Cherry Colts in the MidLincs Youth League, before going on to play for Welton Football Club and Scampton Hawks for a year each. In 2005, he joined the Lincoln Sunday League with Moorlands Railway, enjoying two promotions before moving on to Plough Athletic at the end of 2007, where he played his final few football matches.
After Leaving Cherry Willingham Community School in 2005, Adam went on to do a BTEC National Sport and Fitness Diploma at Lincoln College, which he passed with very high grades. After being offered places at several universities, Adam began a three-year course in Sport Development and Coaching at Lincoln University in September 2007.
Sadly, Adam suffered a brain haemorrhage on New Year's Day 2008. After spending three days in the Lincoln County Hospital intensive care unit and one day at Nottingham Queen’s Medical Centre, he passed away on the 4th of January 2008. Adam had been fit and healthy, showing no signs of illness. He had spent New Year’s Eve having a wonderful time with some of his closest friends, and he was extremely happy.
To keep his memory alive and provide a long-lasting legacy, Adam’s family decided to create the Adam Gibbons Sports Foundation, devoted to helping young sportspeople like Adam find success.
If you’re competing at a regional, national or international level and need funding to help with travel, accommodation, training, competition or coaching costs, then you may be eligible for funding. In exceptional circumstances, we may provide assistance to those who need support with rehabilitation. We will also consider applications from sports teams and organisations that are looking to progress as a group, compete at a high level, or help get young people involved in sporting activity.
Please note, athletes must be aged 11 or over to apply.
The foundation receives dozens of applications every year, so please provide us with as much information as possible to support your application. Trustees may have a limited knowledge of your sport, so please take this into account when completing the application. Remember – this is an opportunity to sell yourself!
All funding applications are managed by the Lincolnshire Elite Athlete Programme. To apply, simply fill in the LEAP application form below.