Erewash athletes receive bursaries from Derbyshire Sport

Pictured back from left is Ilana Freestone (Derbyshire Sport), Cllr Michael Wallis (Erewash Borough Council); Cllr Roland Hosker from Derbyshire County Council and Donna Kellogg from the University of Derby. Front from left is Max Tomkins, Marcus Walters and Saul Simpkin.
Pictured back from left is Ilana Freestone (Derbyshire Sport), Cllr Michael Wallis (Erewash Borough Council); Cllr Roland Hosker from Derbyshire County Council and Donna Kellogg from the University of Derby. Front from left is Max Tomkins, Marcus Walters and Saul Simpkin.

A group of top athletes from Erewash have been awarded a bursary pot totalling £1,410 from Derbyshire Sport’s business network ICON.

Footballers Saul Simpkin and Max Tomkins, golfer Nick Newbold, ice skater Abby Green and swimmer Kevin Wallbank have each received a bursary of up to £250 to help them meet training costs such as travel, equipment, coaching fees or competition costs.

Also receiving a bursary are table tennis players Emma Vickers and Marcus Walters and american football player Bradley Lewis.

Each of the athletes are either competing internationally, have won a national championship medal, or are part of a recognised national development squad within their sport, and will use their bursary to help meet training costs such as travel, equipment, coaching fees or competition costs.

In addition to the bursaries, Erewash Borough Council will offer the athletes free access to its leisure centres to help them with their training.

Cllr Michael Wallis, lead member for culture and leisure at Erewash Borough Council; Ilana Freestone, director of Derbyshire Sport, Cllr Roland Hosker from Derbyshire County Council and Donna Kellogg from the University of Derby met the athletes to congratulate them during a presentation in the Council Chamber at Long Eaton Town Hall.

Cllr Wallis said: “Erewash Borough Council is pleased to be able to support our talented local sporting stars in this way, and to recognise their talents and hard work.

“I hope that the bursaries and access to training facilities will help them to continue to achieve in their individual sports and I look forward to following their sporting careers as they progress.”

Erewash Borough Council is a member of ICON, which was set up by Derbyshire Sport as part of the work to create a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Games in Derbyshire. Each ICON member contributes an annual membership fee, and this money goes directly to athletes through the bursary scheme.

Despite competing at such a high level, most of the athletes receive no other financial support and often spend thousands of pounds each year on things such as travel, accommodation, clothing, equipment and coaching in order to compete.