Printed Date: 11/12/2023

GLL celebrates Tokyo 2020 successes with the UK’s Largest Independent Athlete Support Programme

As celebrations continue to mark athlete successes at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Teams, the GLL Sport Foundation has been proudly counting the impact of their athlete support programme.

The GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) is the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme and had an impressive group of ninety nine athletes competing at the Tokyo 2020 Games. It was also a resounding justification for years of commitment given to supporting talented local athletes with 17 medals won at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and 26 medals at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games (43 medals). This included a total of 14 Gold medals across the Olympics and Paralympics.

The GSF is the brain-child of GLL, the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering sport, health and leisure facilities across 250 venues in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. In partnership with SportsAid, the Foundation works directly with the established national ‘talent pathways’ of Sport National Governing Bodies. It also works directly with over 40 local authorities and local sports charities who partner the scheme across the UK.

In 2021 the Foundation are supporting over 3,000 athletes of which an incredible 97% receive no other funding or support. It is easy therefore to see why the programme has been an essential lifeline to the athletes and why they are keen to work with the Foundation to inspire other young people in local communities.

Since its inception in 2007, the GLL Sport Foundation has provided 18,000 athlete awards to 10,000 individual athletes.

Supported ambassador and Paralympics GB athlete Tully Kearney (S5 100m freestyle Gold medallist) said: “Having withdrawn from Rio 2016 Paralympics just a few weeks before due to a progression in my condition (Generalised Dystonia) I had to learn to swim again with my increased level of impairment and had to be reclassified.  

“This was an extremely difficult time for me and I lost all my support from British Swimming, but GLL continued to believe in me and support me, for which I am so grateful.”

Another GSF supported ambassador and Team GB Olympic Gold medallist Charlotte Worthington is equally glowing about the support she has received through GLL: “I want to inspire people to get into BMX freestyle or sport in general, especially girls. The GSF award helped me financially but also to keep in the right head space knowing I have support.”

Peter Bundey, GSF Chair stated: "We are delighted that these athletes delivered such fantastic medal-winning performances in Tokyo. Their performances will directly inspire so many other young people across our local communities to follow their dreams and develop their talents, whether they be sporting or non-sporting abilities.

“Years ago, when we set up the Foundation with Patron Sally Gunnell, there were very few schemes that were able to have significant regional impact on talent development and proactively inspire local communities. Now, there are signs that others are starting to follow our blueprint and work alongside national talent pathways. That is good for national sport, the athletes and getting more young people into sport and physical exercise”.

The GLL Sport Foundation is committed to continue its support of athletes and local communities as part of their long term plan. In the short term plans will now focus on supporting the next generation of Olympians and Paralympians on their journeys towards the Paris Olympics and Paralympics in 2024.

For full details on supported athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and to access details on the 2022 athlete application period

Tokyo medallists supported by the GLL Sport Foundation:


Gold – Tom Daley & Matty Lee                       Men’s 10m Synchronized Diving

Gold – Charlotte Worthington                         BMX Freestyle

Gold - Tom Dean                                          200m freestyle swimming

Gold – Tom Dean & Calum Jarvis                   4 x 200mfreestyle swimming relay          

Gold - Alex Yee                                            Mixed triathlon relay

Gold - Anna Hopkin                                       Mixed medley swimming relay

Gold - Joe Choong                                        Modern Pentathlon

Silver – Alex Yee                                          Men’s Triathlon             

Silver - Harry Leask                                      Men's quadruple sculls rowing

Silver - Luke Greenbank                                Backstroke swimming

Bronze – Luke Greenbank                              4 x 100m medley swimming relay

Bronze - Tom Daley                          Men’s 10m Diving

Bronze - Aidan Walsh                                   Boxing welterweight

Bonze -       Oliver Wynne-Griffith                  Rowing Eight

Bronze - Amelie Morgan                                Gymnastic team all-around

Bronze - Sarah Jones, Leah Wilkinson & Izzy Petter Hockey

Bronze - Asha Philip, Daryll Neita, Dina Asher Smith & Imani-Lara Lansiquot 4 x 100m relay




Gold – Tully Kearney                                     Women’s S5 100m freestyle

Gold – Dan Pembroke                                   Men’s F13 Javelin

Gold - Chris Skelley                                      Men’s -100kg Judo

Gold – Hannah Russell                                  Women’s S12 100m backstroke

Gold – Jessica-Jane Applegate                       Mixed S14 4x100m freestyle relay

Gold - Jim Roberts                                        Wheelchair Rugby

Gold – Aled Davies                                        Men’s F63 Shotput

Silver – Tully Kearney                                   Women’s S5 200m freestyle

Silver – Louise Fiddes                                   Women’s SB14 100m breaststroke

Silver – Grace Harvey                                   Women’s SB5 100m Breaststroke

Silver – Dimitri Coutya                                  Team Wheelchair fencing foil

Silver – Jordanne While & Lucy Shuker           Women’s Wheelchair Tennis

Silver – Ali Smith                                          4 x 100m Universal relay

Bronze – Hannah Russell                               Women’s S12 100m freestyle

Bronze x3 - Dimitri Coutya                             Wheelchair fencing: Individual epee, Team epee & individual foil

Bronzex2 – Jessica-Jane Applegate    Women’s S14 100m backstroke  & S14 200m freestyle

Bronze – Louise Fiddes                                 Women’s SM14 200m medley

Bronze – Aaron Mckibbin                               Men’s Class 8 team table tennis

Bronze – Claire Cashmore                             Women’s PTS5 Triathlon

Bronze – Louise Sugden                                Women’s 86kg Powerlifting

Bronze - Columba Blango                              Men’s T20 400m

Bronze – Jordanne Whiley                             Women’s Wheelchair Tennis

Bronze - Ben Fox, Gaz Choudhry, Jim Palmer  Men’s Wheelchair Basketball


GLL Sport Foundation Partners

Award partners

The GLL Sport Foundation works in partnership with SportsAid, SportsAid Wales, Mary Peters Trust to co-ordinate talent identification and national governing body funding recommendations. 

The GLL Sport Foundation also works in partnership with the following local athlete support programmes: Belfast Sports Awards, Hackney Youth Sport Fund, Halo Sport Foundation, Greenwich Starting Blocks, Lambeth Gifted and Talented Programme, Manchester Sport Foundation, Rugby’s Excellence in Sport Awards, Cornwall Talented Athlete Scheme and West Oxfordshire Sports Awards.


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