Young stars get backing from Sports Fund

SHOOTING STARS: Young archer Zoe Coggins demonstrates her sport with other aspiring young sportsmen and women who received cheques from the Sunderland Sports Fund at the Puma Centre.
SHOOTING STARS: Young archer Zoe Coggins demonstrates her sport with other aspiring young sportsmen and women who received cheques from the Sunderland Sports Fund at the Puma Centre.
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RISING sports stars across the city have had financial support given to them this week by the Sunderland Sports Fund.

The fund, which has helped more than 300 young local sports people over the last decade, exists to back young talent that either lives in, receive education or represents the City of Sunderland.

This week at the Puma Tennis Centre in Silksworth more than a dozen young people were given help and recognition for their efforts in sports which don’t often get the attention they deserve.

Among the beneficiaries were 18-year-old Bede College student Zoe Coggins, who is ranked 19th in the world at compound archery, University of Sunderland graduate Holly Sterling, who at just 23 is among the country’s leading karate talents and 12-year-old Jordan Montgomery-Else of Thorney Close, Sunderland, who recently became a fully-qualified cricket umpire.

Former Sunderland player and manager Len Ashurst, chairman of the fund, said: “We have some amazing young sports people on our doorstep who deserve all the recognition and help they can get.

“Reading the citations of these young people, you appreciate just how dedicated and how talented they are and it’s a shame that their sports don’t get a fraction of the financial support that football, for example, does.

“The Fund is there to try to help them in whatever way they can.”

Anyone who would like to help support or help the fund should contact the charity on (0191) 561 4591.