TWO up-and-coming sportsmen have benefited from grants awarded by the Trevor Ward Foundation Trust. Champion skier Cameron Thomas has been given a £250 grant towards his competition expenses.
Dan Wolfe, a young cricketing all-rounder, has been given a £500 helping hand towards going on tour to South Africa in February with the Devon Development squad.
Tim Ward, one of the trustees of the fund which was set up in memory of his late father, said he was delighted to help two talented young sportsmen over a tricky financial hurdle.
“There is a financial barrier in the way of so many young sportsmen achieving their true potential, especially now when times are hard for almost every one,” said Tim.
“We try to help youngsters compete to the best level they can with some financial help. The rest is up to them.”
The charity was established around five years ago in memory of Trevor Ward, initially to aid youngsters from Paignton Rugby and Cricket Clubs in fulfilling their sporting potential, plus provide appropriate assistance to the two clubs in order to achieve this aim.
Ward had been associated with the two clubs which share the Queens Park ground in Paignton for almost 50 years, captaining both and taking a big role behind the scenes coaching youngsters.
Since its inception, the trust has awarded nearly £4,500 to young rugby and cricket players.
In addition, the junior sections of Paignton Rugby and Cricket Clubs have received more than £4,000 towards training equipment and coaching courses.
In 2011, assisted by an award from the trust, Paignton Cricket Club completed construction of the Trevor Ward cricket nets at Queens Park. These nets provide two all-weather wickets which greatly benefit PCC’s junior members.
Four years ago the Trustees agreed to consider applications for assistance from local sportspersons and sports clubs in Torbay not associated with either rugby or cricket.
To date rowing, badminton, hockey, skiing and Taekwondo are just some of the sports to which the trust has awarded youngsters or their club nearly £2,500.
None of the above awards would have been possible without the wonderful support of Paignton rugby and cricket club members, local businesses and residents.
“The trustees offer their sincere thanks to both clubs, businesses and everyone who has over the years supported the gala dinner dance, gala concert, junior rugby tournament and T20 match between the two clubs, the successes of which are so important for the trust,” said Tim.
“The trustees ask that everyone continues to help the trust raise funds so further awards can be made to local clubs and aspiring young sportsmen and women.”