The Tom Maynard Trust has recently made another three grant awards totalling £3,750, bringing the number of young people to have benefited from financial support from the Trust to 15 since the initial batch was made in August 2012.
The three recipients are:
Tom plays for Cardiff, captains Cardiff & The Vale, is part of the Glamorgan Emerging Player Programme, and has been awarded a grant of £1,750 to help him with kit, equipment and travel costs. He recently made his First XI debut for Millfield School at the tender age of 14 and Mark Garaway, who runs the programme at the school, said of him: “His fielding is exceptional, his off spin bowling has great potential and his batting is aggressive and smart.”
Connor is an 18-year-old fast bowler who plays for Banstead and has been part of the Surrey age group squad system since the age of 12. He has been awarded a grant of £1,000 to go towards his costs for attending the high performance centre in Pretoria this winter. Keith Medlycott, who has coached Connor for a number of years, believes the winter programme will see him take “massive strides forward” as a cricketer.
Tom is 17 and about to enter his final year at Clifton College in Bristol, where he has been identified as a potential Captain of the First XI in 2015. Originally in the Oxfordshire set-up, Tom has been a part of the Gloucestershire Academy since he was 13, and has been awarded a grant of £1,000 to help primarily with the costs of travel and coaching. John Bobby, Head of Boys’ Sport at Clifton, describes him as “an exceptional sportsman.”
The Trust, set up in June 2012 following the tragic death of talented cricketer Tom Maynard, exists to help the development of aspiring disadvantaged cricketers and other sportspeople who require support with different aspects of their career development. Areas where support is considered include bursaries, help with training and education, financial help with overseas placements, assistance with kit and equipment and, either directly or in partnership with other agencies, providing support for raising awareness and rehabilitation programmes within sport.
In addition to grants, the Trust is already supporting the Professional Cricketers’ Association, the Rugby Players’ Association, League 13 within professional rugby league and with Professional Footballers’ Associations in both England and Scotland. It is also committed to raising funds to assist with the establishment of a scholarship in Tom’s name at Millfield School.
Trustee Mike Fatkin said:
“We’re delighted to be giving out this latest batch of awards and we hope they will help the three recipients develop their careers. This summer has been incredibly busy. We’re now working with four professional sports in helping with education and development programmes and this element of our work is growing all the time.
We’re also very proud of the fact that no fewer than nine of the players who formed the first Tom Maynard Academy intake back in February have gone on to play First Class cricket this summer. That has been wonderful to see.
These grants underpin what we do, though, and we have now directly helped 15 young men and women with their own ambitions, which we’re very proud and pleased to have done. And there are more in the pipeline. We welcome applications wherever they come from. If we can make the slightest difference in helping a career then we want to do that.”
Applications for grant aid support can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by downloading the application form from the website.
21st August 2014