To highight our work, we've put together five examples of how young people have benefited in different ways from our support.


Case study 1

A 14 year-old with an exceptional musical talent was facing the possibility of having to stop learning certain instruments because of the increasing costs of tuition fees. The Foundation's Benefits Committee agreed that it would not be in the youngster's best interests for this to happen, and recommended a bursary equivalent to a proportion of reasonable expenditure, to be paid each term. Without this support, the committee felt that there was a good chance that the teenager would not be able to realise a strong, and potentially achievable, ambition to work in musical theatre.

Case study 2

A highly talented 15 year-old cricketer - with the drive, commitment and potential to become a professional player in the future - applied for help from the Foundation to fund equipment, clothing, and to enable participation in international cricket tours with the England youth team. As the associated costs of ongoing training were likely to rise over a period of time, the Benefits Committee recommended an annual bursary, to be reviewed each year.

Case study 3

A hard-working, dedicated, 20 year-old martial arts expert with a track record of success in national and international competitions was struggling to fund ongoing training at the national centre. There was no support available from the Sports Council or national team, and letters sent to various companies asking for support had not led to any sponsorship. In view of this, the Benefits Committee recommended a bursary amounting to a proportion of expected yearly costs, plus a contribution towards the cost for each competition.

Case study 4

A 15 year-old athlete with an ambition to run in the 2012 Olympics - and who had regular training sessions with national coaches - needed funding for running shoes, attendance at training camps, travel, and the associated costs of entering competitions. In view of the youngster's enthusiasm, commitment and potential, the Benefits Committee recommended an annual bursary, payable in quarterly instalments.

Case study 5

A successful Kettering-based boxing club was having difficulty raising sufficient funds to enable several members to build on their considerable achievements to date. In particular, the club's success in various championships had increased the costs involved with equipment, clothing and travelling. Having heard about the club members' responsible approach to their sport, the Benefits Committee recommended a contribution towards the extra costs of competing in championships for a year.