Ron Pick­er­ing Memo­rial Fund dead­line im­mi­nent

ATH­LETES URGED TO AP­PLY BE­FORE FRI­DAY’S DEAD­LINE

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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

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