Future Champions awarded grants to help fulfil their sporting ambitions

News release from 09/10/2018

SOME of Cambridge’s most talented young sportspeople have been awarded grants to help them on the road to sporting success.

Seven 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.

This year’s winners of the grants were:

  • Jay Creek (Football)
  • Noah Healey-Dilkes (Basketball)
  • Sonja Nashchekina (Handball)
  • James Rocca (Hockey)
  • Almudena Visser-Velez (Swimming)
  • Corban Wood (Athletics)
  • Jordan Wood (Athletics)

The Future Champions programme awards grants each year to outstanding sportspeople aged 11-25 who live in Cambridge and compete at county or regional level.

Sir Michael Marshall hosted an awards ceremony for this year’s recipients at Cambridge Airport on 3 October. Sir Michael and the Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Nigel Gawthrope, presented the Future Champions with their grant cheques.

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

Past recipients of grants include 2016 Paralympic cycling gold medallist Louis Rolfe, and England Under-19 and Middlesex cricketer Max Holden.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “It was inspiring to meet Cambridge’s future champions – seven young people who have worked hard to achieve sporting success.

“I hope that by awarding these grants the council, in partnership with Marshall of Cambridge, will help them to achieve even greater success in the future. I wish them all well with their sports, and hope that their achievements will encourage other people to make the most of the sports, fitness and exercise opportunities available in Cambridge."

Sir Michael Marshall said: “It is wonderful to see the determination and commitment of these young sportsmen and sportswomen – we wish them every success in their future endeavours.”

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