The Lumo sponsorship and grant programme supports top Finnish athletes as well as individual and team sports for young people. Launched in 2012, the sponsorship and grant programme promotes wellbeing through physical activity by awarding grants and sponsorship to young, promising athletes.
Lumo grants for young athletes
Grants are awarded twice a year to 12–20 year old athletes who show commitment to training and a passion for success in order to encourage them in their sporting careers. Our sponsorship supports talented young sports people with the potential to make it to the very top. Individual and team sponsorship support is open for application every year in the autumn.
The grants are available to any promising young athletes who have already engaged in active sports as a member of a sports club for several years and who need financial support for their hobby. Kojamo’s tenants are given priority in the selection. Grants are awarded for both team and individual sports.
Lumo sponsorship programme
The sponsorship programme is a collaboration between the Group and promising young athletes that offers financial support to young sporting talent on their journey towards success. We are on the search for talented young sports people with the potential to make it to the very top. By supporting young athletes we want to promote sports and exercise and the benefits it offers to all.
The individual athletes currently sponsored under the Lumo sponsorship programme are: Henry Manni (wheelchair racing), Nooralotta Neziri (100m hurdles), Oskari Mörö (400m hurdles), Emmi Parkkisenniemi (snowboarding), Joona Kangas (ski slopestyle), Anna Haataja (orienteering and long-distance running) and Riikka Honkanen (alpine skiing).
Sponsorships for teams
The Lumo sponsorship programme includes a team sponsorship programme. Sponsorship support is applied for a sports club.
The criteria for the sports team grant are:
- The club participates in competitions.
- The teams have a track record of competitive success.
- The club represents a sport that has 10,000 or more license holders.
- The objective of the club is to develop young talents into international competitive athletes.
- The club must compete in several age groups.
- The club must have a concept for the development of players as individuals.
In the 2018 season, the team sponsorship will be granted to the Helsinki Figure Skating Club’s four synchronised skating teams competing at the national championships level, Helsinki Rockettes, Team Fintastic, Finettes and Novettes as well as four Academy groups.
Picture: Ville Levijärvi
The Lumo sponsorship is a collaboration between Group and promising young athletes that offers financial support to young sporting talent on their journey towards success. By supporting young athletes we want to promote sports and exercise and the benefits it offers to all.
The current members of our sponsorship programme are:
- Henry Manni, wheelchair sprint
Manni has won four world championship gold medals, seven European championship gold medals and bronze at the Paralympics. Manni competes in the T34 class. He has also won several medals in major events at the junior level. Manni has previously also competed in the canoe sprint and canoe polo. In 2010, Manni won a world championship bronze medal in the K-1 class 200-metre race in Poznań. Manni holds the European Championships Records in the 100-, 200- and 400-metre wheelchair sprint events with times he posted at the 2016 European Championships. He also won bronze in the 100-metre sprint at his first Paralympics in Rio in the same year.
- Nooralotta Neziri, 100m hurdles
Neziri won the 60-metre hurdles event at the Vaxjö Nordic Indoor Match in 2016. He also won the Finnish championship in the 60-metre hurdles in Tampere.In May 2016, she recorded her personal best in the 100-metre sprint in Espoo with a time of 11.48, beating the qualification time of 11.50 set for the European Championships in Amsterdam. Neziri broke the Finnish national record in the 100-metre hurdles in June 2016 with a time of 12.82, which also qualified her for the Rio 2016 Olympics. In July, at the Kaleva Games Finnish Championships in Athletics held in Oulu, she won her fifth national championship in the 100-metre hurdles. At the Rio 2016 Olympics, Neziri made it to the semifinals and posted a time of 13.04, which was not enough to make the Olympic final.
- Oskari Mörö, 400m hurdles
Mörö has competed at the European Championships multiple times, and he broke the Finnish national record in the 400-metre hurdles event at the Rio Olympics.
- Emmi Parkkisenniemi, snowboarding
A member of the Finnish national youth team in snowboarding, Parkkisenniemi won a World Rookie Tour event in Oslo in 2016.
- Joona Kangas, ski slopestyle
Kangas is the 2014 Junior World Champion in ski slopestyle and a member of the Finnish national ski slopestyle team for the 2016–17 season.
- Anna Haataja, orienteering, long-distance running
Haataja is a versatile endurance athlete who won the women’s long-distance orienteering event at the 2016 Junior World Orienteering Championships and a World Championships silver in the orienteering relay.