Talented Athlete Scheme

Talented Athlete Scheme

The Talented Athlete Scheme from Hull Culture and Leisure is designed to help gifted sports people who are gaining recognition from their National Governing Body and have been identified as potential podium athletes through Talent ID schemes, but are not yet at elite status.

Recipients of the scheme will be given much needed support in the form of free access to the city’s public leisure facilities to support their training.

We have two talented athletes who have benefited from the scheme so far. 

Tommy Jackson - Judo

Tommy Jackson Talented Athlete Scheme

Fourteen year old Tommy Jackson from East Hull has become the second young person to receive the award through HCAL’s Talented Athlete Scheme.

Tommy is part of England Judo performance pathway and has trained with the East Yorkshire Judo Academy since the age of seven. He has spent the last year in the England squad and was also selected to train with Great Britain.

Tommy also finished seventh in the recent Commonwealth Championships and competed at the British Judo Championships on Saturday 30th November.    

He will now receive an annual Junior Live it fitness membership from Hull Culture and Leisure that will give him access to all leisure facilities operated by Hull Culture and Leisure to support his training needs.

Councillor Majorie Brabazon, Chair of Hull Culture & Leisure Limited, said: “This scheme is designed to assist talented young athletes in gaining access to high quality facilities to reach their full potential in their chosen sport and bring out the best of the city’s emerging new talent, without having to worry about the cost of accessing the leisure facilities. We are committed to investing in today’s promising athletes who have the potential to become tomorrow’s sporting heroes.”


Marco Voronovs - Boxing

Marco Voronovs was the first recipient of the Talented Athlete Scheme award and received an annual Live It fitness membership to give him full access to Hull Culture and Leisure facilities to support him with his training.

Marco is a member of Hull Boxing Centre and is on the England Boxing Talent Programme. He started boxing in February 2012 and became two-time National Schoolboy Champion, making him Hull's first ever male minor champion in 2016. 


Criteria for the Talented Athlete Scheme

  • The athlete must be enrolled onto a National Governing Body Talent ID Scheme and have a letter from National Governing Body to confirm this.  
  • Must be a Hull resident and must provide proof of address.
  • There has to be a commitment to publicity/press calls where appropriate.

General Principles for the Talented Athlete Scheme

  • The onus is on the resident to provide evidence that they meet the scheme criteria.
  • The agreement is made on an annual basis and the athlete will be required to present evidence that they meet the scheme criteria annually to stay on the scheme.
  • The National Governing Body must inform the Company if the athlete withdraws from their Talent Programme.
  • The Talented Athlete must inform the Company if they withdraw from their Talent Programme or their circumstances have changed including change of home address.
  • No age restrictions will apply.
  • No restrictions of eligible sports will apply.
  • The free membership can only be used by the talented athlete and does not permit free access for anyone else.
  • Access to facilities will be made subject to centre programmes and during public access times, the scheme does not provide exclusive access to facilities.
  • The scheme does not cover coaching costs, expenses or any other costs.
  • The standard rules that apply to all leisure memberships and use of facilities will apply when awarded a membership under the Talented Athlete Scheme.