Free Access to National Sportspeople (FANS Scheme)

Find out more about our FANS Scheme below


The FANS (Free Access for National Sports People) scheme provides support to the County’s leading sports performers through free access to a number of the County’s sports facilities for personal training and development.

Terms & Conditions

Our FANS ambassadors compete in a huge range of sports and all have interesting stories regarding there sporting life!

Click below to see who all our FANS ambassadors are and to learn a bit about them.


What can I access?

Being a FANS membersallows users to access our 5 leisure facilities and have access to swimming, gym, fitness classes and the thermal suites.

Am I eligible?

FANS is open to sportsmen and sportswomen of all ages who currently perform, or compete in a sport recognised by Sport England and fulfil at least one of the following criteria:

  • currently members of a national team or squad
  • currently listed in the top 10 of any national age group ranking
  • successful in any national age group competition (top 10 finish), in the last 12 months
  • Evidence or confirmation of a performer’s involvement at a national level will be required from the appropriate governing body of sport.

FANS membership is open to all sportspeople (including those with disabilities) who meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Reside for the majority of the year in Waveney/Great Yarmouth
  2. FANS members must perform in a sport recognised by Sport England at a National level and be recognised in any of the following ways: a members of a national team or squad b listed in the top 10 of any national age group ranking (in sports where gender differences are not recognised this includes being listed in the top 10 females or top 10 males in any age group ranking) b placed in the top 10 in any national age group competition (this includes National Schools competitions, National Universities competitions and other National competitions which are recognised by the National Governing Bodies as part of the sports competition calendar).
  3. National Governing Body verification & confirmation that FANS applicants meet the above criteria must be submitted with the application for membership.

How can I apply?

If you’re interested in becoming a FANS member, please use the following application form below.

Once form has been completed please email recent and supporting evidence of your involvement in sport at a national level (governing body endorsement if possible) and a recent passport-sized photo of yourself to

If you cannot email then please post to Matt Stebbings, Community Sports & Leisure Development Manager, Sentinel Leisure Trust, Waterlane Leisure Centre, Water Lane, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 2NH.

Please note: New membership cards will not be issued until evidence has been verified. 2020