GreaterSport would like to support Greater Manchester talented athletes most in need of financial support to achieve their potential in their chosen sport. However we do not always reach these through standard applications. As such we have asked valued coaches across Greater Manchester to recommend those athletes they work with and know are really in need of the support to achieve this. Rather than asking for anonymous donations to support talented athletes, GreaterSport have developed a number of athlete profiles to share their personal story. We are looking for organisations to ‘Adopt An Athlete’ for a 1-2 year period and in return they will be an ambassador to promote what they do. GreaterSport will promote the scheme and fundraise for these athletes at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards and at every other opportunity.
A national level gymnast hoping to achieve an England place in 2016, Eleanor is ranked 9th AA in Britain for her age. She missed the British Championships in 2014 due to injury which counted her out of the National Squad consideration. Eleanor is from a single parent family and her mum works as a lollipop lady and dinner lady to try to fund her talent. The club have to help her with training fees regularly and her competition fees have now been sponsored by a local charity, Believe and Achieve.
Donate to James
James represents English Lacrosse at Under 19 level and is hoping to be selected for the World Championships in Vancouver 2016. Following this, James hopes to be selected for the Senior World Championships in Manchester 2018. As a single parent following a tragic accident to their father in the workplace in 2012, their family works tirelessly to provide every opportunity for him to reach this goal. Not only a player, James has a keen interest in giving back to the sport, as a Level 2 qualified coach at only 17, he spends his time outside of training coaching within mainstream and SEN schools to encourage and inspire others to take part in Lacrosse.
Josh Taylor (Adopted by Urban Attack)
As a troubled child and teenager, constantly in trouble with the police for fighting, known in his home town for causing trouble, and ASB, failing at school being constantly suspended and excluded at one point. A social worker sent him to a youth club that he hated, but one day he found a boxing ring in a back room, and with no one around got into it, that is the day his life changed.
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Adopted by Urban Attack
osh has been training at Team Leigh Boxing for 3 years, in which time he has had 16 bouts, winning 12, and winning both the NW Region Junior ABA Title and the NW Region Junior Belt. Josh was also selected for an England Junior Squad session last season. Josh’s Coach Adrian Flemming, winner of Coach of the Year and Most Inspired Award at the Greater Manchester Sports Awards 2014, commented ‘Josh is a dedicated boxer, a pleasure to train and work with, and is more than capable of building on his early successes.’
Kiera has just won 3 gold medals in the SPECIAL Olympic Games in America. Kiera is a learning disability cyclist and the opportunities for help and support are very small, usually coming from her club. Her recent trip to the Special Olympics had to be self-funded and her cycling club helped to raise funds for her. As well as this, she has developed the Kiera Project, funded by the Big Lottery, designed for schools and similar organisations, inspired by the story and journey of a Special Olympian and 3 Time Gold Medallist. Kiera is a dedicated cyclist who has to fight for every opportunity she gets and your help would be money well invested.