Last chance to apply for Leg-Up sports bursary

Nesta Baxter.
Nesta Baxter.

There are just days left to apply for a sports bursary which could put one lucky athlete or more on the right track in their chosen sport.

The Leg-Up Club will meet in January with the hope of offering their backing to an athlete, competitor, coach - and maybe even a team - which feels they could progress to the next level with a little additional help.

The group meet annually to offer a sum in the region of £2,000 to a sports cause - sometimes an individual, on other occasions more than one person - they feel could do with an additional boost.

Whether it is a new bike, boat or other piece of additional kit, perhaps a place on a coaching course or help with accommodation at an upcoming event you have qualified for, the Leg-Up Club would love to see why you think they could help you.

Kickboxer Nesta Baxter and modern pentathlete Will Swain were recipients of the bursary this year and both have enjoyed great success over the past 12 months.

Will, 17, became the world’s number one-ranked biathlete in his 17 and under age cateogory.

Nesta, meanwhile, became a European champion and ranked number one in the world in the 16-18 years ladies’ continuous category.

Previous successful applicants have been swimmer Connor Boyfield, clay target shooter Marcus Horry and archer Amy Gott.

The Leg-Up Club are a group of friends keen to help promote sporting talents in the area.

It is their intention that the cash will help make a difference to one or more sportsperson - who believes that the financial injection can help them take their ambitions to another level.

The Leg-Up Club come from a mixture of different sporting backgrounds, and they are open-minded as to which sport they are looking to support.

For a chance to be the recipient of the busary, you are asked to get in contact and explain why you feel you should receive a leg-up.

The group are appealing for anyone interested to get in contact.

To put yourself forward, or to nominate a sporting talent, email duncan.browne@jpress.co.uk, outlining details about the individual, their sporting discipline, age, and what the money would be put towards.

The closing date for entries is December 31.