Jaguar Academy supports ‘rising star’ from Northwich RC

[newsimage=1]Edward Grisedale of Northwich Rowing club was among fifty athletes, ‘the class of 2012’, invited to the Bursary Awards held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.  Edward represented Great Britain last year at the World Junior Rowing Championships in the double scull.  

Local girl and Academy Ambassador, Jessica Ennis presented the fifty Rising Stars with their bursaries. Jessica commented: “It was fantastic to meet the Rising Stars and provide them with their bursaries. During such a high profile sporting year it’s great to see a brand like Jaguar supporting future talent and I look forward to following their progress and helping to inspire them on their sporting journey.”

Geoff Cousins, Global Director of Sponsorships said, “It is fantastic to be able to support British sporting talent for the third year in a row and these young athletes really are on the road to success. Jaguar is dedicated to supporting the next generation of British sporting greats and the Academy is a long term commitment to this goal.” 

In addition to the financial support towards equipment and travel costs, the Academy offers a Mentoring and Education Programme during which the athletes are able to work with the Academy’s Patrons and Ambassadors through workshops and Talent Days delivered by experts in their fields.

The athletes were chosen after a rigourous selection process conducted by SportsAid, which administers the bursary fund on behalf of the Academy. The talented young athletes represent a total of 39 different sporting disciplines including able-bodied and disabled athletes from across the UK.

How to become a rising star

To be eligible for the Jaguar Academy of Sport Bursary Fund young athletes should be nominated to SportsAid for financial support by their own national governing body.

SportsAid helps talented young disabled and able-bodied athletes to achieve their dreams. Many of the athletes supported by SportsAid go on to achieve international success.

For more information visit www.sportsaid.org.uk

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