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Future Champions awarded grants to help fulfil their sporting ambitions

News release from 02/10/2019

TWENTY FOUR talented young sportspeople in Cambridge and South Cambridgeshire have been awarded grants to help them achieve their sporting goals.

The young people were this year’s recipients of grants from the Sir Arthur Marshall Future Champions Programme, which is a partnership between Cambridge City Council and Marshall of Cambridge.

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

The late Sir Arthur’s son, Robert Marshall, hosted an awards ceremony at Cambridge Airport recently, presenting the awards to this year’s winners of grants:

  • Hana Alami (Ballroom Dancing)
  • Oliver Brunt (Golf)
  • Isabel Bryant (Football)
  • Laura Burton (Rowing)
  • Ines Christoffersen (Climbing)
  • Ella Darrington (Rowing)
  • Lucca Giussani (Futsal)
  • Daisy Halls (Diving)
  • Daniel Hearne-Potton (Table Tennis)
  • Imogen Hunter (Kayaking)
  • Rory Jones (Hockey)
  • Adrianne Ju-An Lin (Fencing)
  • Kian Kanefu (Rugby)
  • Max Kitcat (Futsal)
  • Charlie Knott (Athletics)
  • Felicity Lawrence (Handball)
  • Cameron Mackenzie (Rowing)
  • Georgia Maggs (Swimming)
  • Daisy Moxham (Swimming)
  • Theo Sales (Kayaking)
  • Rupert Tideswell (Kayaking)
  • Sebastian Tideswell (Kayaking)
  • Lucy Warne (Special Olympics Equestrianism)
  • Corban Wood (Athletics)

The judging panel for the programme meets every year to consider applications received, and awards grants of between £50 and £250 which is used to cover the cost of things like coaching, equipment, travel and entry fees.

Since the programme began, the scheme has helped fund more than 70 athletes competing in a range of sports including cricket, para-cycling, swimming, judo, triathlon, table tennis, athletics, roller hockey, diving, tennis, kayaking and more.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities, said: “It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate the achievements of such a talented group of young people. I’m especially pleased to see a range of sports celebrated, from rugby to dance, from fencing to athletics, from football to climbing.

“I look forward to following the achievements of our 2019 winners and hope to see them going from strength to strength.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the late Sir Arthur Marshall who sadly died this year. He and Marshalls have been great supporters of the fund which carries his name, and which has done so much to benefit local young sportspeople.”