Rising sports stars in Wiltshire have just over a week left to apply for funding from a special scheme designed to help them on their journey to success.

This is the fourth year Wiltshire Council has organised the Funding Future Olympians and Paralym-pians grant which provides financial help to local elite athletes.

Since it began in September 2010, 13 local athletes have received funding to help them reach the highest levels in their sport, including Olympic gymnast Francesca Fox and Paralympic silver medallist Aaron Moores.

People of any age who are competing at a national level, or above, in any Olympic or Paralympic sport or a sport recognised by Sport England are invited to apply. The deadline for applications is 5pm on January 20.

For more information, the criteria and the application form, visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/fundingfutureolympiansgrant