Sport Scholarship Programme
Our Sport Scholars are usually chosen from our Rising Star awards which identifies about 12 young people each year who are already making a name for themselves in their chosen sport. Only the very best of these are selected as Sport Scholars, who each receive a scholarship grant of £1,500 per year for a maximum of 3 years.
We would like to be able to award more sports scholarships so if you feel your organisation would like to support a young person as a Sport Scholar we would like to hear from you !
Current Sports Scholars
Scholar: Nick Pyle (swimmer)
September 2019 update: No summer holidays for Nick. After finishing his A-levels it was straight in to preparations for the World Championships in South Korea. Two warm up competitions preceded the 'Worlds' where Nick competed in the 50m backstroke. A top 30 finish and a season's best time was a very encouraging result bearing in mind Nick's recent shoulder injury. Nick's next trip, in October, is to a 4 week high altitude training camp in Arizona with British Swimming, before returning to work with a national coach based in Stirling. Nick intends to use this term's scholar's funding to help pay for his trip to Arizona.
About Nick: Nick is a member of Newcastle Swim Team that train at West Denton Pool. He attends St. Cuthbert's High School and is currently studying for his A-levels. As a junior Nick won 2 European medals in 2018 and set British age group records at 50m and 100m backstroke. In February 2018 he emerged on to the senior scene in style winning the British 50m backstroke championship. His selection for the Great Britain squad to compete in the European Championships in Glasgow in August soon followed. He took part in both the mixed and mens 4x100m relays and came away with 2 gold medals! Quite an achievement for someone who was almost unheard of on the national scene 12 months earlier. His success since being awarded a Rising Star award in 2018 resulted in Nick being awarded the Young Sporting Success of the Year award at the annual Sport Newcastle dinner in March 2019 (he is pictured holding the trophy). In April 2019 Nick came 2nd in the 50m and 3rd in the 100m backstroke at the senior national championships in Glasgow. These performances secured his selection for Great Britain at the World Swimming Championships to be held in South Korea in July.
Scholar: Emily Large (Swimmer)
September 2019 update: Emily has been balancing training with A-level revision this year but still managed to compete successfully at the Glasgow International event in May, even earning some prize money. In June Emily was selected to represent British Swimming at the US Nationals in California. Despite having little time to overcome jet lag she recorded a season's best time for the 100m butterfly and qualified for the 200m butterfly A final. She recorded her second fastest time ever and came 6th in a blanket finish against some of the best swimmers in the world. Emily is looking forward to being a full time athlete this year and will be aiming to peak for the Winter Nationals.
May 2019 update: In January Emily competed in Sheffield and won 4 races to become County Champion in 100m and 200m butterfly and 100m and 400m freestyle - the freestyle being an event Emily rarely competes in! At the beginning of March Emily was competing at Des Moines, Iowa in temperatures as low as -17C! Despite this she qualified for the 100m and 200m butterfly finals, just missing out on a medal in the 200m race.
Emily's most recent successes were at the British Championships in Glasgow over the Easter weekend. She qualified for the finals in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, producing season best times in all 3 races. A bronze medal in Emily's specialist distance, the 200m, was a fantastic result in the national open age championships.
January 2019 update: Emily's training schedule since the summer included a 'warm' weather camp in Majorca in October (although the temperature rarely exceeded 8 degrees). Early in December Emily was honoured to be presented with the 2017 Northumberland and Durham athlete of the year award. At the winter national short course championships in Sheffield Emily came 2nd in the 200m butterfly and set a lifetime best time in the 100m butterfly to take the bronze medal. The New Year will see Emily preparing for the British long course championships in Glasgow in April.
September 2018 update: At the European Junior Championships in Helsinki in July, Emily reinforced her reputation as one of the best butterfly swimmers in the world in her age group by winning two gold medals in the 100m butterfly and as part of the women's medley relay team. She also won a silver in the mixed medley relay. In August Emily 'stepped up' as part of the senior Great Britain team at the European Championships in Glasgow. Swimming against some of the best swimmers in the world Emily made the semi-final of the 200m butterfly, only just missing out on qualifying for the final. Emily has the national Winter Championships in December and warm weather training in Majorca to look forward to before her next update.
May 2018 update: Jet-setting Emily started the year at a high altitude training camp in Colorado. Next stop was Edinburgh for the British Championships. 3rd in the Open final of the 200m butterfly and fastest times for a junior in the 100m and 200m fly were just reward for battling the 'Beast from the East' to get there. Then it was off to the Gold Coast in Australia for the Commonwealth Games. To represent Team England at the age of 17 in a multi-sport event was an amazing experience. Emily reached the semi-final of the 100m fly and in her main event, the 200m fly, she came 7th in the final - a brilliant result for someone so young. To swim against some of the best swimmers in the world in front of 10,000 spectators was an experience Emily will never forget. Following the Games Emily was selected to compete in the European Junior championships in Helsinki in July and the European championships in Glasgow in August. A busy, but exciting schedule!
About Emily: Emily attends Kings Priory School, Tynemouth and is a member of Newcastle Swim Team. She was selected as a Rising Star in 2016 due to brilliant results in 2015. At the British Championships, Emily won the 200m butterfly gold medal and also qualified for the finals in 8 other events. 2016 got even better for Emily. She won bronze in the Olympic Trials at 200m butterfly, just missing out on a trip to Rio, qualified for the 100m butterfly final and won the junior 400m individual medley. Emily ended the year as the fastest 15 year old in the World at 200m butterfly and has been selected for the British Swimming World Class podium potential squad. Emily recently competed at the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships qualifying for finals in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly. An outstanding performance in the 200m final saw Emily break the 9 year championship record to become the Junior World 200m butterfly Champion.