Grants boost for father and daughter

PUBLISHED: 18:33 06 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:50 11 May 2010

TALENTED athletes and coaches have been awarded grants totalling £5,000 by North Herts District Council. Those awarded include Royston father and daughter, Michael and Louise Shortland, as well as county level cricket and badminton players and a regional

TALENTED athletes and coaches have been awarded grants totalling £5,000 by North Herts District Council.

Those awarded include Royston father and daughter, Michael and Louise Shortland, as well as county level cricket and badminton players and a regional swimmer.

The grants are administered twice a year through the Sport North Herts Community Sports Network.

Michael will use his funds to undertake his level three athletics coaching badge, while Louise, who is a national standard pole vaulter, will use hers to help further her promising career.

Chairman of Sport North Herts Ken Charles said: "We admire the enormous commitment and effort that our most able young performers have undertaken.

"The Sport North Herts grant is intended to encourage and respect their achievements."

Cllr Tricia Gibbs, NHDC Portfolio Holder and responsible for grants added: "The Council is very pleased to be supporting our talented athletes and coaches and we look forward to toasting an Olympic champion in future years."

The next round of sports grants opens in November.

More information can be obtained from the Children's Services Team at NHDC on 01462 474000.


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