Promising athletes receive grants

PUBLISHED: 10:09 13 September 2011

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TWO of Royston’s most gifted athletes have received grants from North Herts District Council to help them secure future success.

Myles Fisher, 11, a BMX rider for Royston Rockets who finished the year ranked seventh in the country was selected for the grant, along with rower Ben Jackson, 18, who was one of only 30 athletes to be chosen to join the Great Britain Rowing Talent Squad.

In total 13 grants and £3,925 were given out to North Hertfordshire’s most promising performers by NHDC chairman, Councillor Michael Weeks.

Administered twice a year through Sport North Herts, the grants will help the talented youngsters meet the rising costs of travel as they represent the district, and go towards the kit and equipment they need to compete at their level.

Cllr Tricia Gibbs, NHDC’s portfolio holder for community development, said: “We have a lot of very talented young athletes and coaches in North Herts, and we are delighted to be working with Sport North Herts to help them reach the top of their game.”

Myles Fisher, Royston grant recipient, said: “The award means that I can move onto the next stage of my BMXing. I will be going to the world championships next year in Birmingham as I qualified by finishing this season with a national ranking of seven. With the help of this grant, I can keep working hard towards my goal of reaching number one.”

The next round of sports grants opens later this year in December. More information can be obtained from Jess Young on 01462 474257 or by email at jess.young@north-herts.gov.uk.

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