Duo given a sporting Leg-Up

Amy Gott. ANL-141208-194246001
Amy Gott. ANL-141208-194246001

Two young hotshots have taken a step closer to fulfilling their international dreams - thanks to a sports bursary.

Archer Amy Gott and clay pigeon shooter Marcus Horry have both been presented with cheques for £800 by the Leg-Up Club.

Marcus Horry.

Marcus Horry.

Amy, 15, trains with the Great Britain Academy once a month and has her sights set firmly on qualifying to represent her country.

In April the Thomas Cowley school pupil will attend selection shoots for both the GB team and the Commonwealth squad, which will compete at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa this September.

Amy, from Fosdyke, has been excelling in her sport since first trying it out during an after-school club when she was a pupil at Sutterton Fourfields.

She is a member of the Silver Spoon Bowmen in Spalding.

Later this month 17-year-old Marcus will be looking to impress selectors at the next stage of Target Tokyo - a scheme set up by Sporting UK to try to develop the next generation of gifted competitors in time for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Marcus, a Boston Grammar School pupil who first took up shooting as a member of the Boston Air Cadets, also has his own selection shoot in April - where he will be aiming to book his place in the Junior England Team, which is for shooters aged 21 and below.

Both youngsters received their cheques last week, and will spend their money of sports equipment they hope will help them reach their goals.

The Leg-Up Club is a group of eight sports-minded friends who have decided to offer an annual bursary to help up-and-coming sports stars in and around the Boston area.

Although they wish to remain anonymous, they teamed up with The Standard in a bid to put together a shortlist of candidates.

Following an appeal in the paper, the eight members were impressed by the calibre of both Marcus and Amy, deciding to split the money between them.