Promising Bolsover district-based athletes awarded ICON funding

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Some of the the Bolsover district’s most promising sports performers have been handed a share of £575 in grants from business network ICON to help chase their dreams.

The chosen four athletes have been selected to receive a grant of up to £250 each, which they can use to help meet costs such as travel, equipment, coaching fees or competition costs.

All of the athletes are tipped for further success in their respective sports, and are either already competing for England or Great Britain or are part of recognised national development squads or club academy structures.

Bolsover District Council will also provide each with free access to its leisure facilities to further help them with their training.

The selected athletes are footballer Sophie Baggaley, golfer Emily-Mae Hall, trampolinist Alysia Middleton and kickboxer Millie Yates.

Sophie (18), from Newton, plays for Birmingham City Ladies and was called up for the England squad to compete in the UEFA Women’s Under-19 European Championship Finals as well as for further internationals in La Manga and in European Championship qualifying.

Emily-Mae (19), from Pinxton, is a member at Hollinwell Golf Club and won the Derbyshire Schools’ Championship, as well as finishing fourth in the Midlands Finals and sixth in the National Finals, in addition to helping England beat Scotland in the Schools’ Finals.

Alysia (14), from Shirebook, is a member of the Bassetlaw Trampolining Club where she has progressed to a first and second place in National Level competitions, held in Newcastle and Sheffield respectively, to go with a fourth place in the National Finals at Telford.

Millie (10), from Stanton Hill, is a member of the East Midlands Freestyle Club in the Bolsover District as well as the Team England Squad, having won a silver medal at the WTKA European Open Championships in Sport Weapons Fighting, plus a bronze medal at the same event in Semi-contact Points Fighting.

Last summer three ICON recipients – Adam Peaty, Liam Pitchford and Caroline Povey – picked up medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, underlining how successful the programme is proving to be.