Hackney’s Youth Sports Fund helps more young sports stars

Hackney Council’s Youth Sport Fund, has helped yet another young athlete, 16 year old Louis Modell a talented young cyclist, who has the potential to become Hackney’s very own Bradley Wiggins!.
Louis has been working one to one with a dedicated coach and recently won an E/1/2 race series, which is the highest amateur men's category - quite an achievement for a youth rider.  Louis was one of fifteen riders asked to attend a selection event for the British Cycling Team. He has also been invited to take part in the Olympic Development Programme World Cup. This is a talent team training camp where he will be riding with and against members of the youth and junior GB squad.
Louis, who lives near Well Street Common, was delighted with his Youth Sport Fund Award, he said: "The money will help towards travel and entry fees for the National Youth Circuit Series around the country from May to September.  It will also go towards the cost of taking part in the Youth Tour of Scotland which I will be competing during April with a team of three other youth riders from North London”.

Rob Sharman of British Cycling said “Louis is a very ambitious and determined individual and this is complemented by a talent for the sport of cycling”.
Eight other talented young people are also receiving support this time around and are represented from a range of sports including boxing; cricket and basketball. In addition three community sports clubs were awarded funding to assist in the development of local young people.
Hackney Council's Cabinet Member for Health Social Care and Culture, Councillor Jonathan McShane said: “I'm very proud that the Council can support talented young athletes with their sporting dreams. I’m sure that we’ll be seeing some of these talented young people in future Olympic Games.”
Hackney Council’s Youth Sports Fund has awarded £104,690 towards the development of young athletes from Hackney, since it began 2007. It provides assistance to talented young athletes who are committed to becoming the best they can be in their chosen sport. Support of up to £500 is available on an annual basis through an application process.
Anyone who is given the Gold or Silver award also receive a fully paid or half price membership respectively at one of the GLL run London leisure centres courtesy of GLL, the organisation managing Hackney Council’s six leisure centres.
The talented sporting individuals Hackney Council is supporting this year through the Youth Sports Fund include:
Name                                     Sport                                      School                                                             Age
Tao Geoghegan Hart           Cycling                                   Mossbourne Six Form                                 17
Kameron Nicholas                Fencing                                  Mount Grace School                                    15
Olubunmi Abbas                   Basketball                              Clapton Girls School                                    14
James Mulla                          Cricket                                   Millfields                                                        10
Joe Kingsley – Smith           Cricket                                   Gayhurst Community School                      11
Edgar O’Regan                     Cycling                                   Mossbourne Community Academy             14
Theo Modell                          Cycling                                   Oaklands School                                          12
Ohara Davies                        Boxing                                    Not applicable                                               20
Young people, community groups or active coaches in Hackney can apply for funding through the Youth Sports Fund by filling in an application form at
There are four opportunities to apply for funding in 2013/14 with one grant award between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014. The closing dates for 2013/14 are:
•    25 April 2013
•    20 June 2013
•    20 September 2013
•    9 January 2014
The fund was set up in November 2007 through compensation from Nike for misappropriation of the Council's logo.
For more information about the applying for Hackney Council’s Youth Sports Fund please contact the Council's Leisure & Physical Activity Team at or 020 8356 4897.