£12,000 awarded to local sporting talent

7 October 2016

Talented sports people from South Cambridgeshire villages are peddling, diving and jumping for joy after being awarded £12,000 of grant funding to help them achieve their goals.


The funding from South Cambridgeshire District Council will be shared by 23 young people who compete at national and world class level.


The scheme was established in 2009 in the build up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and has continued to create a lasting legacy. This latest round of funding means that 166 grants totalling £82,200 have been awarded since the scheme was launched.


Hayley Simmonds, 28, from Bar Hill, is two time national champion in time trial cycling with aspirations of representing Great Britain at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. Hayley was awarded £1,600 from the grant fund this year. She said: “The grant will be hugely beneficial to me over the coming 12 months and during the next Olympic cycle, when I aspire to become medal competitive at international level.


“Time trialling is a very technology focussed and detail-oriented discipline within road cycling. As well as immense amounts of training, it requires constant investment in aerodynamic testing and equipment. This funding will help me to keep pace with the technological advancements and to stay ahead of my competition.”


Other applicants to receive funding this year include Ben Cutmore, 13, from Abington Pigotts who is a junior British diving champion; Rhodri Furlong, 20, from Histon who is in the national under 23 squad for hockey; and Anna Loughlan, 16, from Fulbourn who completes in tennis at junior international level, among many others.


The funding can be used for things such as equipment purchases, training and travel.


To be eligible, athletes must live in South Cambridgeshire. If an applicant studies or trains outside the district they can still apply, provided their family home is in the area. The scheme is now closed but will open again in 2017.


Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for sports, said: “It is incredibly rewarding to see exceptional young sporting talent progress with our support. The dedication shown by these grant applicants is phenomenal and I’m very proud of the part we play in helping them excel.


“As a Council, we want to help people achieve their full potential, but we are also really focussed on trying to get more people more active. We have a range of activities and events that support local people, ranging from elite performers to those who want a hand toward getting active for the first time.”


For more information on sport in the area, visit www.scambs.gov.uk