West Scotland Youngsters Target Commonwealth Games With Support From Warburtons
Monday, 07 September 2009
Warburtons, Scotland's favourite family baker and sportscotland, the national agency for sport in Scotland, have joined forces to create a new scheme to help cover the costs of getting young athletes from the West of Scotland on the road to national and international success.
Warburtons Rising Star Fund is a brand new grant-based initiative, which aims to help provide cash to aspiring young athletes aiming to be selected for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
Using the sportscotland Area Institute of Sport Network, Warburtons will provide a one-off bursary to help one aspiring athlete in each of the six area institutes; Highland, Grampian, Central, East, West and Tayside and Fife. An award of up to £750 will be given to the most deserving athlete in each area, with the aim of helping them to develop their skills in their chosen field.
The money can be used to help individuals and their families with costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment, specialist coaching and other support like physiotherapy or nutritional advice.
Chair of sportscotland, Louise Martin CBE, said: "The Rising Star bursary initiative in association with Warburtons is an exciting development for Scottish athletes aiming to be selected for the Commonwealth Games in 2014. Interventions like this at such a crucial time can often be the difference between a young person continuing and being successful in their chosen sport or quitting."
Colin McAlpine, commercial manager, Warburtons Scotland, said: "The new fund will recognise the contribution and sacrifices the wider family makes to help their talented children achieve and will make sure they are supported in their efforts. Working in the food industry, we understand the importance of good nutrition for healthy, active lifestyles. This new initiative will spotlight great talent and make sure it is properly supported."
Potential candidates are being sought through Phil Reid, sportscotland's Area Institute Network manager, West of Scotland.
Notes to editors:
Terms and conditions of the bursary:
- Recipients of the bursary must be an Area Institute of Sport supported athlete competing in one of the 17 sports which will feature in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
- Eligible Commonwealth Games Sports are: aquatics, athletics, badminton, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, hockey, judo, lawn bowls, netball, rugby 7s, shooting, squash, table tennis, triathlon, weightlifting and wrestling. Each area institute will work with some, but not all of the sports highlighted.