Cash backing for young talent

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CASH is up for grabs to help provide equipment and tuition for budding young sportsmen and women and performance artists in Ribble Valley.

Ribble Valley Borough Council has launched its 2013 sports and arts excellence grants scheme to help youngsters excel in sport, dance, drama and music.

The successful scheme has supported numerous young Ribble Valley athletes and performance artists at county and national level over the years, including London Olympic silver medallist Samantha Murray and bronze medallist Jon Schofield.

Coun. Robert Thompson, chairman of the council’s community services committee, said: “The biggest issue for young people and their parents in pursuing their chosen activity is the cost of instruction, transport and equipment. We hope that by providing support towards these costs, young people will be able to reach their full potential.

“We have offered financial support to talented young sports people and performance artists for some time and are looking forward to another great take-up.

“Who knows, perhaps future Olympic medallists and Oscar-winners might also hail from Ribble Valley!”

Grants will be available from April 2013 for sport, dance, drama and music (instrumental and voice), with priority given to those with a strong track record in their chosen discipline and working towards formal qualifications.

The deadline for applications is Friday February 1st and application packs are available from the council’s administration officer, Olwen Heap, on 01200 414408.