Applicants are sought for scheme

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Young people looking to reach higher levels of their chosen fields are being invited to apply for financial assistance.

Blyth Valley Trust is looking for applicants who would also receive a Gilbert Barker Award.

It is open to young people aged up to 21 living in the former Blyth Valley borough – Cramlington, Blyth and Seaton Valley – who require financial assistance to help them attend a Centre of Excellence in their chosen field of arts, sciences orsport.

These young people, aged up to 21, will already be highly proficient in their interest; however reaching even higher standards usually costs money.

Trust chairman David Garrett said: “These awards have been presented to local young people on an annual basis for over 40 years.

“Some of the recipients have gone on to represent their country; however all of them have demonstrated advances in their chosen activity.

“This year we have decided to make awards of between £100 and £500 to suitable applicants, subject to them meeting specific criteria.

“I am pleased to acknowledge an increased involvement of the schools in our community in promoting the awards.

“Successful applicants will receive a Gilbert Barker Award in honour of the late Mayor and Alderman who started the Trust.”

For more information or to request an application form email Lee Paris via lparis@activenorthumberland.org.co.uk, call 01670 622177 or visit www.activenorthumberland.org.uk

The closing date for applications is Sunday, July 3.