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The Lord Lieutenant’s Fund for Youth welcomes applications

7 July 2014

The Lord Lieutenant’s Fund for Youth - Young and Talented Cornwall - aims to help young people in Cornwall and the IOS aged between 14 – 23 years old who have demonstrated the desire and capability to accomplish great things – in the field of sport, the arts, voluntary service, science or enterprise, amongst other possibilities. It is for those who have demonstrated outstanding and clearly recognised abilities but who are in danger of being held back by personal or family hardship, or disability.

The Cornwall Community Foundation administered fund welcomes applications, the deadline to apply is the 30th of July, the average grant award is £800.

Previous successful grant awards include travel & equipment costs, entry fees, accommodation, kit, suitable clothing and insurance (note: fees may be considered as a one-off help such as to complete an existing course, or to attend a short course but only in exceptional circumstances). The following case studies are examples of successful recent  grant awards.

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Harry Houlding

Harry is a sailor who graduated from dingy sailing to keel boat racing, and was selected for the British Keelboat Academy (Yacht Racing Squad), organised by the RYA and the UK Sailing Association to develop GB sailors. His short term goal was to be part of the squad to represent GB in keel boat racing (which is becoming recognised as an Olympic sport), his long-term goal the Americas Cup, and possibly to become a professional, including teaching. Harry received assistance from The Lord Lieutenant’s Fund for Youth towards professional coaching, competition travel and accommodation. A grant of £500 supported him throughout the 2012/2013 sailing season.

Abi Roberts

Abi comes from Redruth, is 17 years old and her sport is BMX racing which is an Olympic sport. Her aim is to represent GB and Cornwall at the World BMX Championships in Rotterdam. Her ranking is 9th in the 17+ age group.  She volunteers as a local coach at the Cornwall BMX Club where she is an active member and is dedicated to encouraging young people to get involved with the sport. Last year she was Cornish Champion 15/16 Girls and represented the Southwest region at regional and national levels, leading to qualification for the World Championships.  The Lord Lieutenant’s Fund for Youth helped with £650.00 towards extra training fees and travel expenses to the World Championships in Rotterdam later this year.

Patrick Swan

Patrick comes from Hayle, is 16 years old and his sport is athletics, specialising in discus and hammer. He has a personal best of over 50m in both and is the only under 17 year old to have thrown over 50m.  He is ranked no 2 in the UK in his age group.  Patrick is very dedicated to his training and has his sights set on representing GB at international events. The Lord Lieutenant’s Fund for Youth helped Patrick with a grant of £800 towards the cost of discus shoes, a discus, travel expenses and entry fees for competition.

Connor Swan

Connor is 17 years old and like his younger brother Patrick is also an athlete, he specialises in javelin.  He is ranked no.7 in the UK under 20s and has already started competing at international level.  He will be competing at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year. The Lord Lieutenant’s Fund for Youth helped Connor  with a grant of £1,400 towards the cost of a javelin, pair of spikes, travel expenses and entry fees for competitions.