Fusion searches for talented local athletes to join its Sporting Academy

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Fusion Lifestyle is looking for Tunbridge Wells athletes to join its Fusion Sporting Academy scheme, designed to support talented athletes from across the UK.

The registered charity currently manages three leisure centres in the Tunbridge Wells area: Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre, Putlands Sport and Leisure Centre and The Weald Sports Centre.

Successful applicants for the scheme will have free access to a wide range of Fusion’s leisure centres and facilities to help support their training and development.

The scheme, previously known as FANs before launching in 2022 under the new name of Fusion Sporting Academy, is open to athletes competing or performing at a national or county level, in the top ten in their age group, in any sport recognised by Sport England. The initiative has been set up to help encourage local people to use local facilities to achieve their goals, recognising the demands, costs and dedication athletes need to succeed.

Fusion Sporting Academy already has over 100 members, including Paralympic Athlete, Dan Greaves, Rugby player, Grace White and Team GB Masters Athlete, Claire Spurway.

Paralympian and champion discus thrower Dan Greaves, who is preparing for the summer’s Paralympics in Paris, makes use of the sauna, pool and gym equipment at Loughborough Leisure Centre. He also takes his children to the centre where they are learning to swim as he is keen to engage his children in sport as much as possible to inspire them and keep him motivated too.

Dan added: “The Fusion Sporting Academy really helps me achieve my goals. The gym at Loughborough Leisure Centre has recently been refitted and offers amazing facilities.”

Gareth Heard, Head of Sport & Community Development at Fusion Lifestyle, commented: “We know that Tunbridge Wells is bursting with sporting talent, and we want to help make sure that those with real promise have access to the facilities they need to make their dreams a reality. We can’t wait to meet more of the area’s talented athletes through our scheme.”

To find out more about the Fusion Sporting Academy and how to apply visit fusiononline.fusion-lifestyle.com/sportingacademy

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