It's a slam dunk ?5,000 for Future Sport thanks to the Northern Echo's Local Heroes

Future Sport has received a major boost thanks to the Northern Echo's Local Heroes Awards.  The annual event, which celebrates the best of grass roots sport in North East England, was held at Hardwick Hall Hotel on the evening of 1 December.  Future Sport is the chosen charity of Local Heroes and during a star studded evening, we were presented with a donation of £5,000, which will be used to fund grants for talented youngsters in the region.


The Local Heroes Awards ceremony was hosted by Northern Echo editor Peter Barron, who is a governor of Future Sport.  The Echo’s chief sports writer Scott Wilson, with help from the Durham Wildcats and the night’s youngest award winner, 11-year-old Amy Tinkler, completed a basketball challenge that raised £2,500 for the charity, which was then doubled by the Northern Echo.


Future Sport chairman Phil Lewis and our latest governor, sports star and London Paralympic Games hopeful Lyndon Longhorne, were on hand to accept the donation.  It’s a great boost for us, only a week after our big launch, and the money will be put to very good use in supporting the kind of sporting youngsters that Local Heroes honours every year.


Many thanks to the Northern Echo and everyone involved in Local Heroes, and congratulations to all of the winners and shortlisted individuals and teams.