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Young sporting talent encouraged to apply for sports fund

Harry Myers


Hackney Council is on the look out for local sporting talent to apply for the latest round of Hackney's Youth Sports Fund.


Since 2007 Hackney Council has given successful applicants £125,897 towards the development of young athletes from Hackney. 


Hackney Council’s Youth Sports Fund 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. Furthermore the fund supports local clubs and coaches who are involved in the development of the boroughs young people.


Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council
Hackney Council has been supporting talented young athletes financially since 2007. I'm very proud that we can continue to give young people support so that they can pursue their sporting dreams.”
Cllr Jonathan McShane, Cabinet Member for Health, Social Care and Culture, Hackney Council

Urswick School Pupil Harry Myers is a county swimmer and distance runner who has combined his talents to compete in Aquathlon, being the first Hackney athlete to achieve Aquathlon Gold at the London Youth Games.

He said, “I'm delighted to receive this award. Thank you Hackney. Getting the right equipment means I can train better and hopefully achieve more.  I really appreciate this support."

The youngest to receive funding this year is 10 year old Remy Mitchell. The talented young man is part of the Arsenal Football Academy and represents Middlesex Cricket Club at under 11 level.

Hackney Council is currently supporting seven individuals through the Youth Sports Fund:

  • Theo Modell, 13 Cycling, Oaklands Secondary School
  • Yebila Collins, 14 Indoor rowing/Rowing, The Petchey Academy
  • Harry Myers 16, Swimming/Aquathlon, Urswick School
  • Sharna Giordani age 22, Football, Middlesex University
  • Nile McKenzie 14, Athletics Mossbourne City Academy
  • Paige Bailey-Gayle 12, Football, Stoke Newington School
  • Remy Mitchell 10, Football/Cricket, St Paul’s Cathedral School
  • Young people, community groups or active coaches in Hackney can apply for funding at here


  • Funding opportunities are available in 2014/15 and the closing dates are: 
  • 24 April 2014
  • 18 June 2014
  • 18 September 201
  • 48 January 2015

Talented young athletes given a Gold or Silver award receive either a fully paid or half price membership at one of the GLL run London leisure centres courtesy of GLL/GLL Sports Foundation. GLL manage Hackney Council’s six leisure centres.

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 Hackney Council’s Leisure & Physical Activity Team at leisuresports@hackney.gov.uk or 020 8356 4897.