Funding boost for Derbyshire athletes

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Up and coming sporting talent has been given a boost thanks to bursaries.

The ICON bursary programme is supporting 127 athletes from across the county who will receive up to £250 of the £22,925 fund raised through county sports partnership Derbyshire Sport’s business network.

Director of Derbyshire Sport, Ilana Freestone said: “It’s only through the continued support of the ICON programme from our business members that we are able to give so many athletes a helping hand, so we’re very grateful to them.

“There is a fantastic spread of sports and ages being backed by the programme, and we wait with bated breath to see what these champion performers can achieve as they move up the levels.”

ICON was set up by Derbyshire Sport as part of the work to create a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Games in Derbyshire.

The bursaries have been made possible by the contributions of all ten Derbyshire local authorities, plus a number of business members from across the county.

Each applicant must live in one of the county’s nine district and boroughs or compete for a Derbyshire-based club and must already compete at a high level and should already be representing their country or Great Britain.

Athletes supported in Chesterfield

Isobel Ashley (Table Tennis) from Barrow Hill.

Alicia Barrett (Athletics) Newbold (pictured).

Ella Barrett (Athletics) from Newbold (pictured).

Bradley Buckland (Tennis) from Brampton.

Aaron Cobley (Taekwondo) from Staveley.

Ashley Davies (Squash) from Chesterfield.

Emily Hedger (Equestrian) from Sheffield and a member of Dunston Park EC, Chesterfield.