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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:

1. 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; and

2. Either a resident in West Yorkshire for the majority of the year, member of a West Yorkshire club or studying in West Yorkshire; and

3. Able to provide national governing body evidence to support their application.

4. Part of the amateur game. i.e the scheme is not for professional players. There are no age restrictions for applicants to this scheme


Local Authority STARS facilities

Trinity Fitness

Nuffield Health (Cottingley, Guiseley, Shipley, Wakefield, Sheffield)

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Other Benefits:

Trinity Performance

Leeds Trinity University has a service called Trinity Performance which provides sport science services and specialist workshops for athletes.  STARS athletes can benefit from a 25% discount on all fitness assessments and sports science services.  STARS athletes may also attend their workshops free of charge. 

Nuffield Health

STARS athletes can access the following clubs on a casual basis, on presentation of your STARS card - Nuffield Health Cottingley, Guiseley, Shipley, Wakefield and Sheffield. You are eligible to attend classes, but may not be able to book in advance, site dependant.  For more information about the clubs, click here:

Gyms, Fitness & Wellbeing, Health Clubs | Nuffield Health

Jamie Bell Physiotherapy 

Jamie Bell Physiotherapy has 5 clinics across West Yorkshire including a NEW CLINIC IN RAWDON, LEEDS.  They are offering a 10% discount on all physiotherapy assessments and treatment for STARS card holders and will provide a free session for the 10th session.  Please click here for more information:

Jamie Bell Physio - First Class Physiotherapy


Active-Eat will work with you to optimise your sporting performance by ensuring you are eating the correct foods to support your training needs. Active-Eat will provide a 10% discount on its Sports Package for STARS card holders and will offer  ‘Pay as you go’ sessions to STARS members at a special rate.

Please contact us for more information www.active-eat.co.uk 

Crispin Orthotics

Crispin Orthotics are based in Leeds and will provide STARS members with an exclusive 10% discount on their orthotic assessment.  At Crispin Orthotics you will receive a full biomechanical assessment and if required an Orthoses will be recommended and designed by a qualified Orthotist. Orthoses are devices that are applied externally to the body to create functional solutions to biomechanical and/or pathological deficiencies.  Orthotics covers a wide spectrum of injuries and medical conditions and Orthoses are used to reduce pain, prevent or correct deformity and promote or improve function of affected areas. Some of the more common Orthoses produced are insoles, orthopaedic footwear, footwear adaptations, splinting, knee bracing, spinal bracing, helmets, facemasks and many more.   

Please contact 0113 252 8866 or email sales@crispinorthotics.com or visit www.crispinorthotics.com for more information.

Application Form:

If you would like to become a STARS athlete or need to renew your STARS card complete the form below and email this along with a passport photo to shauna.corrigan@yorkshiresport.org.  Alternatively post your application and passport photo to STARS applications, West Yorkshire Sport, Nepshaw Lane South, Gildersome, Leeds, LS27 7JQ.


Contact Information


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.

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.


STARS Profiles

Name: Aran Thomas

Sport: Shot put

Club: Wakefield Harriers

Current Ranking: British Under 15 Indoor Shot Put Champion

Recent Achievements: Produced a throw of 12.38m to win gold at British Indoor Shot Put and also finished 5th in the pole vault.  Aran is the reigning Yorkshire Track and Field Champion in discus, shot and javelin having won all three in Barnsley last year.

Aran won discus gold at the West Yorkshire Schools Championships and represented West Yorkshire in the English Schools Championships.  He also represented Kirklees in Italy at the Majano Games and in the Czech Republic, in the Brno European Youth Games.

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Name: Rebecca Emmeline Richardson

Sport: Synchronised Swimming

Current ranking: 3rd in Figures British championship 2015

Proudest achievements: 3rd in European Qualifier in Istanbul (January 2015) and competing in the 1st European Games in Baku. Currently the Champion for North East region, Yorkshire Junior Champion 2015.
At last trial in Crystal Palace Rebecca was selected to be in the Junior and Senior team and competed in the French Open in February 2016 in Paris.  She will also be at the European Championships in May 2016 at London Aquatic pool.

Which facilities/providers offered by STARS do you use: I train mostly in John Charles and I used the gym facility and pool several times a week.

Benefits of STARS to you: It has been a tremendous help for me as I can used the gym anytime and it fits around my studies.STARS.jpg