Local athlete support

Bolton's Future Sporting Talent

Bolton’s Future Talent Scheme will provide talented performers in Bolton with free access to a range of high-quality local sports facilities. The scheme is designed to ensure that effective support is offered to the borough’s existing and future talented stars. The ultimate desire is that promising athletes from Bolton will be supported to achieve the goal of competing and being successful at a national level. The scheme will assist elite local athletes to achieve their full potential by reducing the financial burden of training costs. 

The scheme is open to athletes of any age residing in Bolton and will provide support for county/regional performers with the potential to compete at national level in any Sport England recognised sport.  

The scheme is supported by local partners in Bolton who are committed to raising participation and standards in sport locally. 

Partners include: 

  • Bolton Council 
  • SERCO 
  • Bolton Arena 

The scheme will be administered by the Active Lives strand of Public Health (Bolton Council) who aim to ensure strong local partnerships exist and local sporting aspirations are developed and achieved. 


To be eligible for the scheme you must demonstrate that: 

  • you are a Bolton resident 
  • you have represented the county/region in the last 12 months 
  • your National Governing Body (NGB) believes you are capable of achieving National recognition 

How Bolton’s Future Talent Scheme will work 

Talented performers will be entitled to 12 months free use at one of the leisure centres below. Each centre varies in what it offers members. Facilities must be used in accordance with the centre’s individual terms and conditions.  The membership to the scheme is renewable on an annual basis providing you still meet the required criteria. 

Application process 

If you are interested in becoming a member of Bolton’s Future Talent Scheme, please contact  activelives@bolton.gov.uk 

Participating Centre’s 

  • Bolton One. Jason Kenny Centre. Moor Lane, Bolton BL3 5BN 
  • Horwich Leisure Centre. Victoria Road, Horwich BL6 5PY 
  • Leverhulme Park Community Club. Long Lane, Bolton BL2 6EB 
  • Farnworth Leisure Centre. Brackley Street, Farnworth BL4 9DZ 
  • Westhoughton Community Leisure Centre. Bolton Road, Westhoughton BL5 3BZ  
  • Bolton Arena. Arena Approach, Horwich, Bolton BL6 6LB