Backing our sports stars
GRETTON-based The Travers Foundation has announced that local accountancy firm Haines Watts has agreed a three-year sponsorship arrangement with the charity.
The foundation assists young people aged between 13 and 30 living in Northamptonshire, Rutland and Leicestershire by helping them with funding in sports, the creative and performing arts.
Pictured here is Lucy Hatton, the Kettering-based hurdler, who is supported by The Travers Foundation, with William Sharman a Travers Foundation trustee and Commonwealth Silver Medallist, and Chris Timms and Steve Watts, partners from the Kettering and Northampton offices of Haines Watts.
Lucy has had a fantastic 2015 season, going from local amateur athlete to Silver medallist at the GB Indoor Championships followed by a European Indoor Silver medal in Prague – all achieved with the help of The Travers Foundation as, at the time, she received no other external funding.
Terry Forsey, chairman of The Travers Foundation, said: “The problem these days in reaching the peak of your profession in sport, the creative or performing arts, is that you need to have lots of funding as well as lots of talent. Not everybody has a willing benefactor who can give them this financial commitment.
“This is where charities such as The Travers Foundation can assist youngsters from all backgrounds to fulfil their dreams. While our beneficiaries acquire their basic skills at schools, clubs or local associations and, indeed, these institutions provide an excellent foundation for their sport and artistic talents, and as their ability improves and ambition grows, they often need additional qualified coaching, mentoring or teaching to help improve their skills and performance.
“By providing the necessary on-going support needed by our young athletes and artists, we can ensure that we give them the very best start.
“Backing from the community and local businesses is key to our ability to continue to make improvements to the support we can offer and we’re delighted that Haines Watts has agreed to help us in this process.”
For further information on the work of the Travers Foundation, visit: www.travers-foundation.org.uk
SPORTING SMILES: Lucy Hatton and William Sharman (trustee of the Travers Foundation) are pictured with Steve Watts and Chris Timms from Haines Watts.