Amber Valley sports stars share £4,400 of ICON funding

Sports stars from across Amber Valley have shared £4,400 in funding that will support their bid to reach the top, thanks to Derbyshire Sport’s business network ICON.

A total of 23 athletes have received a grant of up to £250 each, which they can use to help meet travel, equipment, coaching or competition costs.

They received their cheques at a celebration event on Wednesday night (November 18) at Amber Valley Borough Council offices in Ripley, where the talented group were presented to councillors at a Full Council meeting.

Each was also handed a £50 activity card by Places for People Leisure Management to use at Alfreton Leisure Centre, Ripley Leisure Centre or William Gregg VC Leisure Centre, which will further help with their training.

All of the athletes are tipped for further success in their respective sports and have either been selected to compete for Great Britain or a home nation, have won a national championship medal, are part of a recognised national development squad or club academy structure or are a member of the Derbyshire Institute of Sport (DIS).

Those to receive ICON backing include athletes Alexander Knibbs (Duffield), Katie Rowe (Alfreton), Jessica Turner (Denby Village) and Richard Weir (Riddings), archers Struan Caughey (Duffield), Alex Holmes (Ripley), Lauryn Jewkes (Kilburn) and Hollie Smith (Heanor), sailors Harvey Martin (Alfreton), Roscoe Martin (Alfreton) and Thomas Woodings (Lea) and netballers Isobel Beighton (Codnor Park) and Cherese Naylor (Codnor).

Also among the successful applicants are swimmers Jamie Ingram (South Wingfield) and Michaela Stephen (Crich), basketballer Charlie Brown (Belper), powerlifter Max Foord (Swanwick), footballer Katy Gigg (Crich), taekwondo athlete Alice Johnson (Kilburn), badminton player Grace King (Quarndon), hockey player Kathryn Lane (Idridgehay), mountaineerer Gracie Martin (Alfreton) and cyclist James Shaw (Heanor).

Mayor of Amber Valley, Cllr Trevor Ainsworth, Amber Valley Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Public Health, Cllr David Taylor, and Director of Derbyshire Sport, Ilana Freestone, met athletes to hand over their bursaries and activity cards.

Cllr Taylor said: “We’re delighted to once again be backing ICON – and that so many athletes from our area are benefiting in what is a hotbed of sporting talent. We’re proud to be giving dedicated local athletes a helping hand in their bid to achieve at the highest level.”

Amber Valley Borough Council is among 10 local authorities across the county who are members of business network ICON, which was set up by Derbyshire Sport as part of the work to create a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympics in Derbyshire.

Each ICON member, which includes the Amber Valley School Sport Partnership, contributes an annual membership fee, and this money goes directly to athletes through the bursary scheme.

Find out more about ICON and the criteria for applying, at

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