Report highlights sporting achievements

THE key sporting achievements of the 159 athletes who have been supported by the Derbyshire Talented Athlete Fund during 2011 have been summarised in a new report.

The report highlights the progress that has been made by each of the athletes, many of whom have been competing for England or Great Britain both at home and abroad, and who have travelled to various countries around the world for training or competition.

The report also includes many photographs of the athletes and supporters of the fund, and gives an overview of how the athletes have valued the help of Derbyshire Talented Athlete Fund.

This year the fund has been backed by Derbyshire business scheme ICON, with money raised from the scheme’s annual membership fee contributing to the bursary pot.

The Derbyshire Talented Athlete Fund is backed by ICON members: Active Nation, Amber Valley Borough Council, Bolsover District Council, Brampton Manor, Chesterfield Borough Council, Chesterfield School Sport Partnership, Community Sports Trust, Cooper Parry, Denby Pottery, Derby City Council, Derby College, Derby County FC, Derby Telegraph, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Derbyshire Dales District Council, Derbyshire Economic Partnership, Derwent Media Group, Destination Chesterfield, East Midlands Airport, East Midlands Designer Outlet, Erewash Borough Council, Flint Bishop LLP, Geldards, High Peak Borough Council, Innes England, International Golf Development, John Felix Films, Lonsdale Swimming and Sports Trust, Marketing Derby, North East Derbyshire District Council, Nuffield Health Derby Hospital, Orchid, Origination, Rolls-Royce, Royal Bank of Scotland, Smith Cooper, South Derbyshire District Council, Stancliffe Hall, Team Sims, Technogym UK, Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd, University of Derby, Venture Inspection Ltd, webdna Ltd, Westfield Shopping Centre and W T Parker Ltd.

For 2012, the Derbyshire Talented Athlete Fund has been renamed Podium. The names of the athletes who will receive a bursary from Podium in 2012 will be announced early in the new year.