Future Champions win grants to help them on the road to sporting success

News release from 4 October 2017, 10:54am

ELEVEN of Cambridge’s talented young sportspeople received grants to help them make the most of their sporting prowess at an awards ceremony last week.

The young people were this year’s recipients of grants from the Sir Arthur Marshall Future Champions Programme administered by Cambridge City Council and sponsored by Marshall of Cambridge.

The scheme awards grants each year to outstanding able-bodied and disabled sportspeople aged 11-25 competing at county or regional level, to help support their development by funding things like coaching, equipment, transport and fees.

This year’s winners of grants ranging between £100 and £500 were:

  • Charles Adams (Tennis)
  • Hannah Adams (Swimming)
  • Benjamin Caldwell (Judo)
  • Gabriel Fowden (Road Cycling)
  • Daniel Hearne-Potton (Table Tennis)
  • Gracie Kay (Swimming)
  • Sonja Nashchekina (Handball)
  • Kyron Roberts (Diving)
  • Harvey Skellern (Swimming)
  • Christian Turvill (Ultimate Frisbee)
  • Seamus Turvill (Ultimate Frisbee)

Sir Michael Marshall hosted the awards ceremony at Cambridge Airport on Thursday 28September. He and the Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr George Pippas presented this round of successful Future Champions with their grants.

Since the programme began, it has helped fund a variety of athletes competing in a range of sports including cricket, para-cycling, swimming, triathlon, table tennis, athletics, roller hockey, tennis, kayaking and more.

To date nearly 60 young sportsmen and women have received grants in the programme including para-cyclist Louis Rolfe, who won gold and bronze medals at last year’s Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, and England Under-19 and Middlesex cricketer Max Holden.

The programme has been supported for the past six years by the DG Marshall of Cambridge Trust, in memory of Sir Arthur Marshall. Sir Arthur was a renowned runner in his day, and was a member of the Great Britain team at the 1924 Olympics in Paris, which was immortalised in the film Chariots of Fire.

Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “It was a great pleasure to meet Cambridge’s future champions – a cohort of impressive young athletes who were rightly recognised for their achievements over the last year. It was quite clear that this group have immense potential to succeed in their chosen sports.

“I am very pleased that the council, in partnership with Marshall, has been able to contribute to these young people’s future success with the grants that have been awarded. I hope that their achievements will encourage other people to make the most of the sporting opportunities available in Cambridge, or try new activities, as part of a healthy lifestyle.”