Athlete Funding

Ivor Montagu Fund

The Ivor Montagu Fund provides financial assistance to Juniors and Cadets who wish to compete at international Open events with the approval of Table Tennis England.

The fund helps to meet the cost of attending tournaments and/or accommodation and is primarily targeted at players who have already achieved some success and are in need of high-class tournament experience, but may otherwise not enter because of cost.

To find out more contact the Table Tennis England Performance Department.



The Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) is a government funded programme that represents a unique partnership between talented young athletes, National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and the higher (university) and further (college/school) education sector. TASS aims to help its athletes to balance academic life with training and competition as a performance athlete.

TASS has already invested over £24million into athletes and the supporting network around them, providing up to 6000 awards enabling hundreds of athletes to fulfil their sporting potential and become medal winners of the future.

21 of the British Medallists in Beijing were current or former TASS Athletes, the only GB medallist in Vancouver at the Winter Olympics was TASS Alumni Amy Williams, and 55 TASS supported Athletes won 85 medals at the recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

More information is available on the TASS website,



SportsAid helps the next generation of British sports stars by giving them financial support and recognition during the critical early years of their careers.

These athletes are typically aged 12 to 18 and are among our brightest hopes for future Olympic and Paralympic success. SportsAid ensures the right people get the right help at the right time by working with the governing bodies of 75 sporting disciplines – including winter, summer, Olympic, Paralympic and other sports.

The SportsAid Awards they receive are funded by the charity’s partners, donors and fundraisers – recognising their achievements and potential before anyone else. These awards help aspiring athletes to train harder and compete more effectively so they can progress up to the senior and/or international level of their sport. At this point many go on to become Olympians and Paralympians.

To find out more about SportsAid visit their website at



The Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is a sports performance programme. It provides a structured training and development route across a number of sports for talented young athletes (aged 16-19), who have a real chance of excelling in their sport; either by competing on the world stage or securing a professional contract. The programme length varies depending on the sport but can be from 12 months to 24 months.

The AASE programme reflects the range of skills, knowledge and performance criteria required in elite level sport. It is designed to directly measure the athlete’s ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the appropriate technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of their sport. It also addresses wider issues such as lifestyle, career development, communication and health and safety.

There are currently more than 2500 athletes on the AASE throughout England. More than 20 sports are currently involved in the AASE, including football, rugby union, rowing, boxing, tennis, swimming, and disability including a large number of Olympic and Commonwealth sports.

For more information about AASE visit


Olympic Solidarity Fund

Through Olympic Solidarity, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) works with athletes, coaches, sports administrators, National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and International Federations to support the worldwide development of all sport. Olympic Solidarity is the part of the IOC that distributes television income from the Olympic Games to the NOCs. Since 1985, the Olympic Solidarity Commission has developed its activities on a quadrennial-plan basis.

Players are eligible for Olympic Solidarity scholarships to attend the ITF training centres. To recieve such a grant a player must demonstrate high performance at international level and thus have a good chance of competing in future Games for their country.

For more information visit