Cash boost for Burnley’s sporting hopefuls

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YOUNG sporting hopefuls from Burnley have been awarded cash boost to help them towards their goals. 

Felicity Pickard and Elizabeth Greenwood were two of 14 athletes in the county to be awarded £500 in the latest round of the Lancashire Rising Star Fund at County Hall in Preston.

Felicity, 17, is a member of Hyndburn Table Tennis Club and is currently a member of the GB Development Squad.

This year she has attended the International Para Table Tennis tournament in the Czech Republic, and represented the North West in the UK School Games.

Felicity is training every day and she hopes to be selected to be represent Great Britain in the Paralympics in either 2012 or 2016

Elizabeth, 12, is a member of Blackburn Harriers Athletics Club and is currently the top ranked Under 13 girl in the county at the 1,500m.

This year she has won all of her track races in the 800m, 1,200m and 1,500m.

She hopes to win the Northern Cross County Championships and medal at a National Cross County event as well as qualifying for the English Schools’ Track and Field competition.

She will use the grant to attend training camps to improve her performance.

The Lancashire Rising Star Fund, in association with Lancashire Sport Partnership and the Duchy of Lancaster Benevolent Fund, awards grants of £500 to individuals to cover costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees and equipment, specialist coaching and other specialist support such as physiotherapy and nutrition advice.

The night also included the launch of the Lancashire Sport Makers programme which aims to inspire over 1,000 people in Lancashire to get involved in sport, with each of them spending at least 10 hours organising or leading sporting activities. It is open to anyone aged 16 and over.

Sport Makers is part of the Places People Play legacy programme that is bringing the magic of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games into communities across the country.