Three students from Ashington High School have been awarded £200 grants to help with travelling expenses and training fees as they compete in major karate events.
The trio, Niamh Duddridge, Dylan Gibson and his sister Gemma Gibson, are training with the KUGB (Karate Union of Great Britain) national squad which will be competing in the European and World Championships this year.
The grants have been awarded through the John Talbot Sports Development Awards scheme.
All three are currently coached by karate instructor Jill Kelly (6th Dan) at venues in the Ashington area, and the students have a combined total of more than 25 years training, while Jill has been training for 30 years.
The funding scheme was devised and developed by the trustees of Ashington Leisure Partnership (ALP) and became available following the launch of the website www.ashingtonleisurepartnership.org.uk
Funds for the scheme came from a legacy bequeathed to the trustees from John Talbot, a friend of Ashington Leisure Centre, and his aim was to encourage sporting development, particularly in the younger generation of Ashington as recognition of the companionship and hospitality he enjoyed whilst visiting the area.
The ALP trustees are the custodians of the fund and intend to offer small development grants to individuals of up to £200 and sports teams/clubs grants of up to £500.
They are welcoming further enquiries for applications to the fund.
Details of the fund and the online application form can be obtained by visiting www.ashingtonleisurepartnership.org.uk
For more details of the karate training available in the Ashington area, visit www.ashingtonshotokankarate.co.uk