International Women’s Day is always a busy one at Mintridge HQ and 2019 was no exception. The Mintridge team and our very own Paralympic sprinter and Mintridge Ambassador, Laura Sugar headed to the outstanding Trent Bridge Cricket Ground to support a SportsAid lunch which was sponsored by Nelsons Law Firm, Yorkshire Bank, Musson Liggins and Trent Bridge Cricket Ground themselves.
As well as a delicious lunch and an empowering presentation from Laura about the journey to the top of her career in both hockey and athletics, she was able to present a £500 cheque to Roan Jones, a rising tennis star. The money will go towards providing financial support to him to access vital funding to assist them with training and ultimately enable him to reach his sporting potential.
The 15-year-old, of West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, began playing tennis at the age of four and finished second in the national finals for U16s last year. In 2018, Roan also competed in the “Road to Wimbledon” international tournament beating India’s number one ranked player to finish in second place. The up-and-coming player is now competing in British Tour events against adult players who are on the cusp of turning professional.
Since 1976, SportsAid has supported thousands of athletes by distributing more than £50million in awards. Previous recipients of SportsAid support have included Sir Steve Redgrave and Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill. It is a real honour for the Mintridge Foundation to be able to work with the fantastic charity as our Football Ambassador, Fil Kamps has done previously as well.
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