Twelve-year-old Sutton Sting netmimder Luca Sheldon has been given his first taste of what it feels like to be a professional sportsman.
Luca, who is a plays for the Sting U14’s, was selected as secnd overallin this year’s Sher-Wood Ambassador Draft scheme, which is a sponsorship programme providing financial support to athletes dedicated to ice hockey.
Hauling in a sponsorship package worth more than £1,000, Luca was the only goalie in the top five to be awarded the top prize of a full Sher-Wood T90 Pro equipment package.
Sutton Sting are currently in their second season of association with Sher-Wood, which provides most of the sticks and equipment to the Sting senior team as well as being the stick of choice of for a number of the junior players who are on the club’s elite player development pathway.
Sting boss Gary Apsley said: “Anyone involved in junior sport knows all too well just how important sponsorship and funding can be to the development of sport at the grass roots level.
“Once again Sutton Sting is receiving national recognition and this time one of the club’s young players receives a reward that he will definitely put to good use. I am thrilled for Luca.”
Sting Head Coach, Rob Saunders was equally proud of Sheldon’s award and said: “We have a pretty good track record of producing top quality netminders at the Sting.
“Maybe it’s because of the small ice rink that our goalies see more action and so they become more accomplished than their peers at other clubs.
“Whatever the reason I am delighted to see our players recognised and this award is brilliant news for Luca and the Sting.”