The Tom Maynard Trust has announced another four individual grant awards totalling £4,000. These are the second round of awards after the initial batch was made in August 2012.
The four recipients are:
16-year-old fast bowler currently part of Somerset’s Under-17 squad and hoping to develop further at Millfield School is awarded £750 to help with the costs of equipment and travel
15-year-old promising pace bowler on Surrey’s pathway, receives £1000 towards a stint playing for Box Hill CC in Melbourne in December
West Wales-born 19-year-old pace bowler now on Gloucestershire’s books is awarded £1500 towards the costs of a winter playing abroad in New Zealand
14-year-old talented all-round athlete from Pwllheli who represents Menai AC, receives £750 to help with the costs of kit, equipment and travel
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 and Rugby Players’ Association with their first year contracted player intakes as part of a wider education programme. It is also committed to raising funds to assist with the establishment of a scholarship in Tom’s name at Millfield School.
New plans for 2014 include the establishment of the Tom Maynard Academy in Spain, which will be aimed at developing young and emerging county cricketers. The first intake is planned for February, with more details to follow in the coming weeks.
Trustee Mike Fatkin said:
“We’re delighted to be giving out this latest batch of awards and we hope they will help the four recipients develop their careers. This year has been amazing, with so many fantastic ideas from so many committed friends and supporters, and we’ve been fortunate enough to raise sufficient funds to help us get a number of initiatives off the ground, including partnerships with the PCA and the RPA, as well as laying a strong foundation towards setting up a scholarship at Millfield. The Academy plans also look really exciting and I know the response from the county coaches to that has been fantastic. These grants underpin what we do, though, and 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.