Budding athletes on the Isle of Wight can now apply to further their talents.

Applications for the Isle of Wight Talented Athlete Scheme 2018 are now open.

It’s a sponsored discount scheme designed to help gifted people in sports to reach their full potential.

For young people currently competing at a Hampshire county level or above, the scheme provides support for them to access and train for top-level competition within their chosen sport.

For adults, the scheme offers the same support but for those representing England or Great Britain or those who are recognised by their sports governing body as a potential talent.

Those applying must meet the following criteria:

Applications close at 5pm on Wednesday 31 January, 2018.

To apply, click here.