Search is on for sport kids

THE Retford Trader Guardian has teamed up with Apple Health and Fitness to find the district’s top sporting prospects and help them reach the top.

Bassetlaw’s very best 14 to 20-year-old sportsmen and women are invited to apply for one of FOUR places on the Apple Elite programme – including a three year sponsorship package worth £30,000.

Apple’s experts, along with Guardian sports editor Graham Smyth, will select four local youngsters who are excelling in their chosen sport and have ambition of reaching the top flight.

The team at the Bridge Place centre will work alongside the youngsters’ current coaches and supplement their training with nutritional advice, sports massage, sports psychology, physiotherapy and conditioning coaching.

The quartet will be followed and profiled by the Guardian in their quest to compete at the highest level.

Apple already supports a number of sports clubs, companies, sportsmen and women and members of the public with personal training sessions, injury rehabilitation and fitness classes.

General manager Steve Chambers, a qualified coach and sports therapist, will oversee the scheme.

“We will appoint a qualified mentor to work closely with the youngsters and their coaches to provide the ongoing support needed to develop them to elite level.”

The programme will be reviewed on an annual basis until the conclusion in 2015, and the support offered will be worth around £30,000.

To apply for the scheme you must be between the age of 14 and 20 (inclusive) and competing in any sport at county level or above.

Simply email your name, date of birth, address, contact details, sports club and recent achievements to or apply at Apple Health and Fitness on Bridge Place, Worksop by the end of September.