Gifted & Talented Scheme


Gifted & Talented Scheme

Wychavon is home to many gifted athletes from a range of disciplines including cycling, hockey, sailing, running, motor racing and canoeing. It is even home to a Team GB Paralympic swimmer in Rebecca Redfern!

Rivers Fitness sponsor elite athletes who live within the district and work with them in their training and recovery regimes. A number of local athletes have benefitted from this scheme and the volume of athletes in the area is fantastic to see! We are always looking for new talented kids & adults, so think you’ve got what it takes to be part of the Gifted & Talented Scheme?

If so, please email Sharon Keen to receive a application form –

The Different Stages We Offer:



A reduced monthly membership fee of £20 per month.

If accepted, we expect from you:

  • Short 6 monthly updates via email
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram
  • A photo of you in your ‘Team Rivers’ tshirt – shared on socials


A reduced monthly membership fee of £10 per month.

If accepted, we expect from you:

  • + Everything stated in Bronze
  • A short online profile linking to your socials/website
  • Regular sharing of our posts or mentioning in your fitness posts


A FREE monthly membership.

If accepted, we expect from you:

  • + Everything stated in Bronze & Silver
  • One blog a year – can be on your sporting achievements or some fitness related advice/motivation
  • One video a year – whether thats a testimonial or a workout video (filmed by us)

We’ve had loads of amazing & gifted athletes come through our centre. Below if just a few of our previous & current sportspeople that we have supported.

Sponsored Athletes:


Rebecca Redfern

Rebecca Redfern Para-Swimmer

Rebecca is a Team GB Paralympic swimmer, with a European & Paralympic Silver Medal, as well as a World Champion.

Find Out More About Rebecca...
Helen Russell

Helen Russell Triathlete

Helen is a multi-sport athlete, who has won numerous championships & awards.

Find Out More About Helen...
Heather Paton

Heather Paton Hurdles

Heather shone in the UK Women’s League Premier Division 2019 to clock 13.34 seconds in 100m hurdles, which broke the Scottish record.

Find Out More About Heather...
Alex Doherty

Alex Doherty Duathlete

Alex competes in standard distance Duathlon for Great Britain. He first got into Duathlon in September 2015 & been winning competitions ever since.

Find Out More About Alex...
Josh Whatley

Josh Whatley Motosport

Josh is an exceptional talented Motosport racer. Josh’s titles include three times British champion, 2nd place in the GP70 2016 championship, and double world champion.

Find Out More About Josh...
John & Natasza McClay

John & Natasza McClay Dragon Boating

Husband-&-wife pair, John & Natasza, won gold medals at the International Dragon Boat Federation Club Crew World Championships, as part of the Purple Warriors – an injured veterans team representing Great Britain.

Find Out More About John & Natasza...
Patrick Heeks

Patrick Heeks Swimmer

This past year, Gifted & Talent member, Patrick has earned himself some amazing achievements including a gold medal at the Swim England National Championships.

Find Out More About Patrick...
Michael MacLeod

Michael MacLeod Hockey

Michael take a huge leap in his career, with his nomination and acceptance on to DiSE (Diploma in Sporting Excellence), This was due to Michael’s impeccable high-level performance.

Find Out More About Michael...
Antonia Payne-Cheney

Antonia Payne-Cheney Para-Cheerleading

Atonia suffers from Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, despite this she is an outstanding para-cheer & it’s great that we can support her training!

Find Out More About Antonia...
Antony Fordham

Antony Fordham Tennis

Antony plays for the County Cup team with a rating of 5.1 & hopes to continue his progress throughout 2020 with the support of Rivers

Find Out More About Antony...