Future Sport North East awards more grants to talented youngsters

Future Sport North East has confirmed 13 grants of between £150 and £500 that have been handed out to young people from across the region, to help them reach their potential in their chosen sport.  The latest Future Sport North East grant recipients are:


Zachary Allin, (aged 14, pictured), canoe slalom, Northumberland.  Zac has already gained selection to Under 16 England squad and has aspirations of securing a place in Junior GB team in 2013.


Casey Coxon, (12), gymnastics, County Durham. Casey has recently been selected to represent GB in an international event in Portugal.


Jack Curry, (14), judo, Tyne and Wear. Jack faces an important year with travel to international competitions and a number of national ranking events. Has a place in GB cadet squad.


Paul Fender, (14), olympic weigh lifting, Northumberland. Paul is showing great potential and is training hard to gain selection for Commonwealth youth games squad.


George Gray, (12), judo, Tyne and Wear. Currently George is preparing for big competitions in Sheffield and Walsall and aiming for selection in England pre cadet squad.


Holly Jackson, (14), football, Northumberland. Holly lives in north of county and faces high travel costs to Sunderland and Northumberland training camps. She has already played for English Schools FA and has earned a place at Sunderland’s Centre of Excellence.


Emma Peters, (14) alpine skiing, Tyne and Wear. Emma by dint of dedicated training in the north east is doing well in events abroad. She is a member of English National A.S. Ski team and is  2012 European Indoor Slalom Champion.  Also dedicates time to assisting a disabled brother.


Alexandra Rhodes, (16), netball, Tyne and Wear. Alex is a member of England Netball’s North East Excel Performance Programme which involves daily training schedules. She is aiming for national trials next year.


Courtney Shoulder, (13), judo, Tyne and Wear. Courtney is showing great potential at Tyneside’s Excelsior Academy of Judo. Already achieving success at national and international levels, the grant will support her training and travel costs.


Harry Thompson, (17) boccia, Northumberland. Harry is from north of county and has had successes in 2012  in regional and national events. He will be competing for England at Czech Open.


Connor Turner, (14), kayaking, County Durham. Connor has recently recovered from a shoulder injury and aiming to retain place on Junior England Squad. Trains at Tees Whitewater Course.


James Wilson, 13, coarse fishing, Tyne and Wear. James’ skill and dedication was highlighted by the Angling Trust and he is progressing well through their Talent Pathway programme.


Taylor Woodland, (14), trampoline, County Durham. Taylor is making great progress and the grant will support his participation in a number of international events and assist his training programme.


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.