Cricket stars help launch grass roots sport charity for the North East

England and Durham cricket heroes Graham Onions, Scott Borthwick and Ben Stokes have helped to launch a new charity raising money to help youngsters in the North East pursue their sporting dreams.  Future Sport made its debut at Durham's Emirates International Cricket Ground on 24 November.  North East Paralympic multi-gold medallist Stephen Miller was also at the event, along with Paralympic hopeful Lyndon Longhorne.
 
The charity was formerly Sports Aid (Northern), which over the past 30 years has raised more than £1.5m to give out in grants to the region’s talented youngsters.  The charity has been re-launched under the new name Future Sport, but with the same core team, including North East athletics legend Mike McLeod as president.  During the launch, seven North-East sporting youngsters received the first Future Sport grants of the new era.
 
Future Sport chairman Philip Lewis, owner of the Collectables chain, comments: 
 
“This is an exciting moment for sport in the North East.  Future Sport is committed to carrying on the work of Sports Aid, with an even greater emphasis on grass roots sport in the region.  The grants we offer to talented young sports people can really make a difference in helping them to reach their potential, and the work we are doing is going to be particularly important at a time when other financial backing is hard to find.
 
“To be able to provide that support and achieve our aims, we need the help of businesses and individuals in the region.  So this event is really important, getting Future Sport onto the region’s radar and gaining influential support from the very start.”
 
The following sporting youngsters were presented with Future Sport grants during the launch event:
Millie Allen (Equestrian) 
Jonathon Binding (Tennis) 
Taylor Cardus (Cycling) 
Sam Devlin (Hockey) 
Rory Gaydon (Tennis)
Lyndon Longhorne (Swimming)
Zak Willis (Gymnastics).
 
Future Sport provides grant support to talented young people aged 10-20 in both able bodied and disability sports.  The organisation welcomes applications for grants and offers of financial and practical support.