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Young Halstead archer shoots for success

5th August 2019

A 15-year-old talented archer that lives in Halstead has received a grant of £2,460 to help pursue her dream of competing in the Olympics.

Imogen Newby, who attends Hedingham Secondary School, has been training in since she was eight years old and has received this funding boost to continue competing in the sport that she loves.

“Archery is a huge passion of mine and I can’t imagine my life without it” said Imogen.  “I train for 3 hours a week with my coach and travel to the Archery GB Training Academy in Shropshire every two months. I am fortunate enough to qualify for competitions across the UK and get to compete against my peers.

“My parents have to pay for every competition, lesson and test that I do. This grant will help us to cover the costs of my training and upcoming competitions, which includes travel and entry fees. My dream is to compete at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”

The grant was jointly awarded from the Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund and the Young Sports Fund, which are both managed by Essex Community Foundation (ECF), and are dedicated to supporting young people where finance is a barrier to them achieving their sporting ambitions.

Imogen’s coach, Tony Ferguson, said: “I have coached Imogen for the last five years and she is a talented archer who is driven to be the best she can be. She is currently ranked as one of the best in her age group in Great Britain and this funding will to help her to progress and to buy the high-quality equipment she needs for competitions”.

Caroline Taylor, chief executive of ECF, said: “We are pleased to have been able to support Imogen and wish her every success in the future. ECF has a small number of funds that are dedicated to supporting individuals to reach their full potential, including grants for education, sports, music and theatrical performance. If you need financial support to pursue your dreams, I encourage you to call the grants team on 01245 356018”.

As well as supporting individuals, the Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund will also consider grants to support clubs and facilities which are widening the opportunity for local people to get active and be involved in sports.

Donations to the Essex and Southend Sports Charitable Fund to help local sporting talent and improve sports facilities in Essex can be sent to Essex Community Foundation, 121 New London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0QT or call Jo Macaulay on 01245 355947.