Next generation of sport stars backed by Wigan Council


A selection of Wigan Borough’s most promising young athletes have been awarded grants from Wigan Council’s Believe Talent Fund following the latest round of applications.

Included in the group of 10 are wrestling Commonwealth Games hopeful Harvey Ridings and Adam Berry from Aspull Olympic Wrestling Club and Wigan Best swimmer, Evie Cutter.

From athletics, Pentathletes Amy Hewitt and Lauren Hewitt from Leigh Harriers and Bethany Sara Pendlebury from Trafford Athletics Club have also received funding.

Cyclists from a variety of disciplines also make the list including track cyclist Emily Burgess, Speedway cyclist Reece Pollitt from Astley & Tyldesley Cycling Club and John White from North Cheshire Clarion Juniors and BMX racer Oliver Cope from Mid Lancs BMX Club.

Councillor Chris Ready, lead cabinet member for communities said: “I have been involved with the Believe Talent Fund and sports awards since its inception and see it as a key priority for sport in the Borough.

The fund is all about supporting the borough’s gifted young athletes in becoming the stars of tomorrow.

“They are each fantastic ambassadors for sport in Wigan Borough and we look forward to watching them develop as we have so many other young athletes that have benefited from the funding.”

The application process has now reopened for the next round of funding and will close 31st May.

Past recipients include Olympic silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson, Wheelchair Rugby star Danny Dawoud and Olympic high jumper Emily Borthwick.

The Believe Talent Fund is for young athletes between 11 and 24 living in the borough who may require financial assistance to participate.

Grants of up to £500 are available to help with travel, accommodation, competition fees and equipment, for example.