TALENTED young athletes from the Stratford district have been given valuable support as they continue to develop their sporting potential.
A group of 30 young sports stars from across the region – including three from the Stratford area – have been awarded a total of over £12,500 to help them achieve their sporting ambitions.
The bursaries were awarded during a special event at the University of Warwick’s Cryfield Pavilion in Coventry.
CAP, now in its fifth year, is a bursary scheme co-ordinated by CSW Sport which provides support to talented athletes from across the sub-region. The bursaries are funded by Warwickshire County Council and Coventry City Council.
The funding is used by athletes to assist their development by covering some of the costs associated with their sports including coaching, equipment, travel and competition entry fees.
The athletes were presented with their awards by Cllr Carolyn Robbins from Warwickshire County Council and David Nuttall from Coventry City Council.
Stratford youngsters recognised during the presentations included archer Michael McCarthy and wakeboarder Nancy Creedy.
The other bursary winner was 16-year-old speed skater Farrell Treacy from Alcester Grammar School.
He said: “Speed skating is an expensive sport, there’s a lot of specialised equipment involved.
“As a minority sport, equipment is not easily available and usually costs a little bit more, which makes this type of funding really important.
“The funding will also help with travelling, we have to travel all around Europe for competitions.
“If I didn’t have this type of support it would mean I would have to spend a lot more time trying to find it elsewhere – which would mean I would have to cut back on the time spent on training and schoolwork.”
The event also featured an inspirational talk from Warwick’s Paralympic skier Anna Turney.
Cllr Carolyn Robbins, Warwickshire County Council, said: “This programme recognises the talented young sports people we have in Warwickshire who are already representing GB and competing at European and international level.
“It is designed to help them in their chosen sporting pathway to achieve their ultimate potential.
“The bursary will ease some of the financial burden placed on them and on their parents and help with training, equipment, transport, accommodation at events, the cost of competing and specialist coaching.”
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