Talent support

The STARS (Supporting Talented Athletes Recognition Scheme) is the only one of its kind within the West Yorkshire area.

There are currently over 90 GB or top 20 ranked athletes registered on the scheme across 20 different sports. Athletes range between 13 and 64 years old and live, study or train within West Yorkshire.


Support West Yorkshire’s most talented athletes to perform on the world stage.


The scheme provides nationally ranked sports athletes with free access to participating sports facilities in the county for personal training and development.  We also offer further benefits for STARS athletes including a range of discounts on services including physiotherapy, fitness assessments and nutrition.

Criteria for Eligibility:

The STARS scheme aims to provide opportunities for athletes, including those with disabilities who are:

  • A current national sports person. Where current is defined as being part of the national squad within the last 12 months, currently in the top 20 of their governing body ranking list, or currently part of the national training programme
  • Either a resident in West Yorkshire for the majority of the year, member of a West Yorkshire club or studying in West Yorkshire
  • Able to provide national governing body evidence to support their application.
  • Part of the amateur game. i.e the scheme is not for professional players. There are no age restrictions for applicants to this scheme

Application Form:

If you would like to become a STARS athlete or need to renew your STARS card, complete the online application form.

If you would like a paper application please call 0330 2020 280.

Please note that this service is not available in South Yorkshire.

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