NEW GRANT TO HELP YOUNG SPORTS PEOPLE
STOCKTON Council is joining forces with its housing regeneration partners in Mandale Estate to help budding sports stars.
The Mandale Park Talented Sportsperson Grant is soon to be launched thanks to Stockton Council, Barratt Homes, Keepmoat and Isos Housing who are all working together on the multi-million pound regeneration of Mandale Park in Thornaby.
The new grant is a total of £3,000 which is open to young sportspeople who are competing or aspiring to compete at County level (or equivalent) or above and living within Stockton Borough.
The aim of the scheme is to support the progression of the Borough’s aspiring sports stars of the future by awarding grants of up to £200. The funding can be used to help athletes with costs associated with competing at a higher level and the purchase of equipment to help them train or compete.
Applications can be made at any time and will be accepted on a first come first served basis until all the funding has been allocated.
This new scheme has the backing of Stockton rower Beth Bryan who clinched gold at the Youth Olympic Games in Australia this year. Thornaby’s Rachel Highfield, who competes on the national stage at sprint distance, is also delighted to see the grant being made available to athletes across the Borough.
Rachel Highfield said: “The financial support provided by the Mandale Park Talented Sportsperson grant is a great help to me and my parents. They currently have to pay for all my travelling, hotel and equipment expenses. Living in Thornaby its encouraging to know that Stockton Council, Barrett Homes, Keepmoat and Isos Housing are supporting the local community.”
Councillor Steve Nelson, Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety, said “This new grant is fantastic news for our budding sports stars and testament to the partnership working by Stockton Council and our housing partners involved with the regeneration of Mandale Park.
“The regeneration of Mandale Park is proving a great success and we have seen the area transformed to provide high quality, modern housing for future generations.
“Regeneration schemes are about far more than housing and this new grant is an excellent example of investing not just in bricks and mortar but also the people in our community.”
A spokesperson, on behalf of all the partners, said: “It’s great to think that with this grant we can help talented young people on the road to achieving their sporting dreams. Who knows, maybe we will even have a hand in making the next Olympic star of the future.”
For more information log onto www.stockton.gov.uk/mandalepark