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Golfer Jessica Gregory among recipients of grants from Swale Youth Development Fund

20 June 2014
by Andy Gray

It was organised by Swale Youth Development Fund which had contributed to the youngsters’ success.

The nine youngsters who received Swale Youth Development Fund backing, with the charity's chairman, Carole Nealey

The nine youngsters who received Swale Youth Development Fund backing, with the charity's chairman, Carole Nealey

Set up 29 years ago, SYDF has helped 500 applicants and donated about £110,300.

Charlie Collis, 15, from Salisbury Close, Sittingbourne, was among recipients of the latest round of cash awards.

Despite growing up with learning and health difficulties, the Sittingbourne Community College student has shown an outstanding talent for archery.

After joining his local club, he has plans to represent Kent in junior indoor and outdoor national tournaments.

His mum, Cymantha, who nominated him for the grant, said: “He has excelled at archery and overcome his shyness and become an enthusiastic young man as a result. This grant will help him attain his ambition of being the best junior archer in Kent.”

Mayor Cllr George Bobbin presents a compound bow to Charlie Collis

Mayor Cllr George Bobbin presents a compound bow to Charlie Collis

Eight other young people were presented with grants at the ceremony at South Avenue Junior School.They were: Daniel Kemp from Borden Grammar School; Rachael Page (Highsted Grammar); Katie Foreman (Highsted Grammar); Harrison Hoad (Iwade Primary); Amelia Henley (Highsted Grammar); Jessica Gregory from Lower Halstow, (University of Maryland School); Will Tumber (Borden Grammar) and Saffron Elysee (The Abbey School, Faversham).

Cllr Mike Whiting, the council’s cabinet member for localism, who also attended, said: ‘I’m delighted to help these budding sports stars with these grants.

Katie Foreman and Will Tumber give a taekwondo demonstration

Katie Foreman and Will Tumber give a taekwondo demonstration

“They are all outstanding candidates and if our contribution can help them go forward with improved coaching, better equipment or simply to meet ever-rising entry fees, that will be money well spent.”

Grants are available for dance, drama and anything “which helps young people make the most of their talents”.

To apply, visit www.swaleyouthdevelopmentfund.org.uk

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