Ron Pickering Memorial Fund deadline imminent
ATHLETES URGED TO APPLY BEFORE FRIDAY’S DEADLINE
SELECTING the lucky athletes who get grants from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund is a gruelling affair. Last year the Fund received more than 600 applications and a small team spend a very long day going through the applicants, scouring the statistics and considering their back stories, before picking the eventual short list of recipients.
Despite this, the Fund’s grants committee is keen to attract as many applicants as possible and is urging athletes to apply before the deadline of midnight Friday November 30.
The Fund gives out financial support to able-bodied or disability athletes aged 15-23 and can be done online by going to rpmf.org.uk and clicking the ‘applying for a grant’ section.
The Fund says: “We have found in our experience that support at the right time, however small, can provide the right encouragement to a young athlete and make them understand their talent and effort is being noticed and appreciated by someone other than their own family.
“Such a grant may help buy a new pair of spikes, or help an athlete travel to see their coach on a regular basis. We have been told by many of the hundreds of young athletes we have helped in the past that this meant a great deal at that time.”
Look out for features this winter on the progress of the six current Jean Pickering Scholarship athletes – Niamh Emerson, Alicia Barrett, Martina Barber, Markhim Lonsdale, Taylor Campbell and Tom Gale
Niamh Emerson: one of many athletes to benefit from the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund