Fourteen young people living in the Blyth Valley have been awarded grants to help them pursue sporting and academic ambitions.
The monetary awards have been made available through the Blyth Valley Trust for Youth which is administered by Active Northumberland.
A total of £4,627 in grants were paid out with recipients receiving between £250-500 to help them progress in their chosen field of Arts, Sciences or Sport.
Grants were given to participants of Blyth Lifesaving Club who are heading to Australia to compete. Other awards were given to young people involved in the National Youth Theatre, rowing and kick-boxing.
Jemima Furness, 16 from Cramlington has just won a silver medal at the British Championships in the single skulls competition and has received her grant to attend a summer junior training camp at Durham University. She said: “ The camp is run by top level rowing coaches at Durham University so it will be invaluable for me to be able to receive such high level training, knowledge and experience. The camp also provides the opportunity to work with top class rowers and find out more about their experiences in the sport and the different pathways of progression. ”
The grant is available to young people, aged up to 21, who live in the former Blyth Valley Borough (Cramlington, Blyth and Seaton Valley) and who are already highly proficient in their chosen interest; but require financial assistance to help them to reach the next level.
Successful applicants will receive the Gilbert Barker Award in honour of the late Mayor and Alderman who started the Trust.
Trust Chairman, David Garrett, said “These awards have been presented to local young people on an annual basis for over 40 years. Some of the recipients have gone on to represent their country; however all of them have demonstrated advances in their chosen activity. ”
Anyone who thinks they might qualify to receive assistance and who has not applied through their school can request an application form by emailing Lee Paris email@example.com or phoning 01670 622177.