New partnership launches to support county’s athletes
TALENTED young athletes and community sport clubs in the county are set to benefit from a new partnership just launched between Northamptonshire Sport and crowd funding charity ‘Podium Partners’.
The partnership has been developed to support young sportsmen and women as well as sporting organisations in raising funds via the internet through a new crowd funding platform. For every £10 donated, gift aid bumps this up to £12.50 with three per cent going to the company.
Crowd funding is a relatively new and expanding initiative that involves trying to raise funds towards a set target using the power of the internet to reach potential funders. Just recently, Claire Stancliffe – an employee of Northamptonshire Sport and the GB deaf women’s football captain – successfully raised £16,000 through crowd funding after attracting a £5,000 donation from Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland.
The first athletes to benefit from the programme in Northamptonshire are: downhill skier Jessica Anderson of Moulton College; table tennis player Alex Ramsden and kick boxer Tom Symons, both from Northampton School for Boys.
Jess has been a member of GB ski team since the age of ten and is currently both English and British Alpine U18 overall champion and she was proud to represent GB at the European Youth Olympics in 2015. She is aiming to get selected for the World Junior Championships in Sweden 2017 and is fundraising to enable her to train in the southern hemisphere in the lead up to these championships.
Alex aims to enter at least two self-funded international table tennis tournaments in Europe this autumn after he completes his GSCEs in the summer. He has won various national titles in the UK, but wants to make a greater impact at European level. He will be playing for England in Europe several times over the next couple of months and hopes to be a member of the European Youth Squad in July 2016.
Tom is the current British Champion Kick Boxer in two weight categories and he hopes to travel to the US Open in Florida and compete for GB. As British Champion, he is aiming to compete on a bigger stage and is fundraising to get to the US Open, which doubles as the World Championships.
Northamptonshire Sport is supporting two different types of applicant, talented young athletes operating at regional level or above, and voluntary-run community sport organisations.
Karel Bretveld, chief executive of Podium Partners, said: “It’s hard enough combing studying, training and competition without having the added stress of worrying about how to pay for the next training camp, or overnight accommodation, or the fuel to get there or even new kit needed to remain competitive.”
The selected athletes are all hoping to reach their goal within a two-month period. The advantage of fundraising with Podium Partners is that, even if a full goal is not achieved in the designated time frame, the athletes receive all of the money that has been raised. As most of the athletes are studying and balancing a heavy training schedule, it is hoped that by increasing the reach of a fundraising campaign, they will benefit from both more funding and more local awareness of their successes.
If you think you can support Jess, Tom and Alex with their campaigns, this link takes you to the donation page where you can read more about their journeys: northamptonshiresport.podiumpartners.org/campaigns/30/all
The scheme is open for new applicants all year round. The process is simple; click the link and scroll down to the ‘Create a Campaign’ tab. You will need two references to support your application and approval from Northamptonshire Sport. Check that you meet the criteria below:
Individuals need to be aged 10-25 and competing at regional to international level. Applicants must live in the county, belong to a club hosted in the county or attend education in the county. Disabled athletes can be of any age. Community sports organisations need to have Club mark accreditation and be voluntary-run organisations. If you would like to apply and have any questions about the process, contact Kathryn Hall, marketing officer at Northamptonshire Sport: KHall@Northamptonshire.gov.uk