Future Sport awards grants to the North East sports stars of tomorrow

Inevitably, and quite rightly, the focus of the sporting world has been on the London 2012 Olympic Games for the last few weeks.  Team GB enjoyed unprecedented success in a large number of sports and many more medals are expected when the Paralympic Games start at the end of this month.  

Of course, many of those medal winners have worked their way up from the grass roots of their particular sport, and it is at that level that organisations such as Future Sport North East provide invaluable support, with essential grants for talented young sports people.  Future Sport plays a vital role in the early stages of a sporting career, helping youngsters to train and participate at a crucial time in their development and giving them a better chance of realising their ambitions. Future Sport North East recently awarded eight grants of between £100 and £500 to young people from across the region.  The grant recipients were:
  • Stephanie Blakeburn (aged 18 ), swimming, Tees Valley.  Stephanie has enjoyed success at Scottish and regional championships and her immediate ambition is to qualify for the national championships.
  • Chloe Corrigan (15), archery, Northumberland.  One of only seven girls nationally who has gained selection to the GB Archery Olympic development programme at Lilleshall.
  • Emma Dickman (21), trampolining, Tyne and Wear.  Emma had a break in performing in recent years after death of her mother and has had to support herself.  She is now back in training and competing, with the potential for national recognition.
  • Jamie Hewitson, (15), trampolining, Tyne and Wear.  Jamie combines full-time education with being a voluntary carer, helping her mother look after her disabled father.  She is moving through her trampoline grades with enthusiasm and dedication.
  • Max Pearson, (12), triathlon, Northumberland.  Max, from Hexham, is already competing at regional/national level for his age group. 
  • Tammy Penton, (8), ice skating, Tyne and Wear.  Tammy has serious learning difficulties but has found support and improvement since taking up the sport.
  • Fergus Robinson, (14), triathlon, Northumberland.  Fergus was Tristar 3 Champion in 2011 for 13-14s in regional championships and has the potential to gain future entry to Olympic Talent Squad.  
  • Samuel Stafford, (10), gymnastics, County Durham.  Samuel recently qualified for the International Tumbling Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria this October, after a competitive selection process.  The award will contribute to travel/subsistence costs in attending the event.
Future Sport grant awards are given to applicants who are up and coming young, able or disabled sportspeople.  Preferably, applicants should demonstrate their potential to improve and advance in their chosen sports.  Future Sport also aims to target the socially and economically disadvantaged and help remove the associated barriers for participation in their chosen sport.  To find out more about the grants and make an application go to http://www.futuresport-ne.co.uk/grants.