Believe Talent Fund supports more athletes

Councillor Chris Ready with some of the successful Believe Fund applicants
Believe Talent Fund 2018

More talented athletes are receiving financial support to help them achieve their dreams.

Ten young sport stars will receive up to £500 from the Believe Talent Fund (part of Wigan Council’s Deal for Communities Investment Fund) to help them pay for travel, accommodation, competitions or training fees and equipment.

Wigan Council and Inspiring healthy lifestyles partnered up to launch the Believe Talent Fund in 2015 and since then it has funded more than 80 athletes borough-wide to compete at a national or international standard in a range of sports.

The Fund is open to young people aged 11-24 and it is administered by leisure partner Inspiring healthy lifestyles on behalf of Wigan Council.

Cllr Chris Ready, Wigan Council’s Cabinet member for communities, said: “It is fantastic that we are able to support these young sporting stars through the Believe Talent Fund. We want to encourage people to be active and healthy as part of The Deal and these athletes are great ambassadors for sport in Wigan Borough.”

The latest recipients of the fund are:

• Charlotte Edwards, aged 15, of Wigan Triathlon Club competes in triathlons nationally.
• Holly Toone, aged 12, plays Waterpolo and is part of Tyldesley Water Polo Club. She will use the funding towards training with the England Academy Squad.
• Wrestling star Charlie Bowling, aged 22, part of Aspull Warriors and Team GB is attending an international open in Estonia.
• Gymnast Darcy Fae Chesters, aged 13, of Manchester Gymnastics Academy is part of British Gymnastics.
• Bradley Metcalf, aged 15, of Aspull Warriors Wresting Club will use the funding to take part in an international competition for Team GB.
• Nathaniel Fidler, aged 15, of Manchester Fencing Centre, competes for the national squad.
• Adam Berry, aged 17, of Aspull Warriors Wrestling Club is part of the national squad and competes for Team GB.
• Gymnast Johnathan Rimmer, aged 20, of Wigan Seagulls and Wakefield Gymnastics Clubs is part of British Gymnastics competes in Tumbling.
• Runner Keely Hodgkinson, aged 16, will use the funding to support her national and international competition calendar. Keely is part of Leigh Harriers.
• Calum Coleman, aged 17, plays Rugby League for Leigh Miners and has been selected for the England lions U19 Tour.

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