Cash boost for Clitheroe climber (17)

Young climber Connor Byrne has received a �500 grant
Young climber Connor Byrne has received a �500 grant

Things are looking up for a young sporting hopeful from Clitheroe who has been awarded a £500 cash boost to help him towards his sporting goals.

Teenager climber Connor Byrne (17) recently travelled to Scotland to take part in the Europe Youth Cup the day after completing his fourth consecutive day of AS exams.

Thirty-seven competitors from 15 countries were represented in his age group where Connor finished 18th, a position he was pleased with considering all the revision for his exams. Connor has now been selected to compete in Norway at the end of August in the European Youth Cup.

His hard work and sporting efforts have been recognised after he received a £500 grant from The Lancashire Rising Star Fund.

He said: “It’s great that my efforts in climbing are being recognised, the grant will be extremely useful in going towards the costs of travelling abroad to compete for Great Britain.”

The Lancashire Rising Star Fund, in association with Lancashire Sport Partnership, Lancashire County Council and the University of Central Lancashire awards grants of £500 to individuals to cover costs such as travel, training, accommodation, competition fees, and equipment. In addition, each recipient will receive a package of support from UCLAN that will include, strengthening and conditioning services, nutritional advice and support and access to UCLAN sports and training facilities.

Connor and the other Rising Stars from across Lancashire will be invited to a presentation evening at the University of Central Lancashire in September to celebrate their sporting achievements and be presented with their grants.