Tuesday 10 July 2007 

Derbyshire Sport Seeks Support for Talented Athletes Fund

The Derbyshire Talented Athlete Fund – a joint venture between Derbyshire Sport, Derbyshire County Cricket Club and Lorson International Ltd to give financial aid to the brightest sporting talents in the county - is to be presented to public and private sector partners on Monday 16th July at Derbyshire County Cricket Club when the Phantoms take on Glamorgan in the NatWest Pro40 League.

The launch of the fund is planned for September 2007 and it is hoped that over £40,000 worth of donations will be secured.

The fund aims to provide bursary support to Derbyshire’s top 75 talented sports performers and will help to offset some of their essential travel, training and equipment costs.

Local authorities throughout the county have confirmed their contribution to the fund and further contributions from private and public sector bodies will be sought between July and September. The fund will be managed by Derbyshire Sport.

There are many sports people from Derbyshire who have been internationally successful both in the past and present.

Commonwealth medallists Donna Kellogg and Ross Davenport are two of our current high profile performers achieving success and just behind them are a host of young people competing successfully on the world stage for England or Great Britain in a wide range of sports.

The Derbyshire Talented Athlete Fund aims to identify and support these performers to help them fulfil their potential and compete at the highest level.

Ross Davenport and Paul Davenport (Ross’s father) will be attending the event to talk about their experiences in Ross making it to the top of British swimming and the support they had from organisations within Derbyshire.

The event has been organised by Derbyshire Sport, Derbyshire County Cricket Club and Lorson International Ltd.

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