£5,000 fund launched for young sporting talents in Norfolk and Suffolk
Posted: Thu, 20 Sep 2018 10:21
Nominations are open for young people in Norfolk and Suffolk to win up to £5,000 to help achieve their sporting dreams.
Schools, clubs, sporting organisations, parents and members of the public are invited to nominate rising sports stars from within their community by visiting the Ron Harrod Foundation nominations page
- What? £5,000 fund for sportspersons under-25 in Norfolk and Suffolk
- Who? The Ron Harrod Foundation, part of Harrod Sport, sport equipment manufacturer
- When? Nominations open now. Closing date is October and the funding will begin in 2019
The fund has been made available by The Ron Harrod Foundation, a new charity set up by family-run sport equipment manufacturer Harrod Sport. Named after the company's inspirational founder and launched in July 2018, the Foundation aims to recognise and support young sporting talent across the UK.
Harrod Sport Managing Director Stephanie Harrod said:
"My dad set up Harrod Sport in 1954 with an investment of just £300 and in the first year turned over £5,000. We're now a multi-million-pound company supplying equipment across the world, and we can't think of a better way to celebrate what my father has achieved than by giving something back to young members of the sporting community.
"Training and competing can be expensive, even at a local or regional level. Equipment can be expensive, and that's before hotels and travel. For this reason, many talented young athletes give up their dreams of competing and never get a chance to discover what they can really achieve. We want to change that."
The winner (or winners) of the £5,000 fund may use their money in any way that will help them to further their sporting career. This may be by entering a competition, paying for extra coaching or upgrading their sport equipment.
Nominations will be assessed by a panel of judges comprising Harrod Sport board members, local athletes, and representatives from Suffolk Sports. The criteria includes: talent and current playing level, potential, feedback from coaches, needs of the individuals and their ambitions.
Harrod Sport is internationally renowned as a market leader. It has supplied sport equipment for some of the world's most exciting sporting competitions including London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, NFL International Series, Rugby World Cup, Commonwealth Games and the Hockey World League. They are also affiliated with industry governing bodies, including England Netball and England Hockey.
About Harrod Sport
Harrod Sport began in 1954, when founder Ron Harrod invested £300 and started to convert old herring nets into garden netting in a factory in Lowestoft, Suffolk. The year of 1954 ended with a successful £5,000 turnover and Harrod UK Ltd was established in a 30ft by 10ft workshop in Horn Hill, Lowestoft.
In 1976 the company expanded, securing additional factory space at the site before building its own factory in Pinbush Road, Lowestoft, in 1979.
Ron Harrod is a pioneer in goal post safety and became a co-founding member of the European Standards Committee (CEN Standards) in 1989. His son Chris Harrod (Chief Executive) currently represents the U.K. on the committee.
Ron Harrod retired in 2005, but his children - Chris and Stephanie Harrod (Managing Director) - ensure his legacy lives on, both in a business sense and with the ethos Ron maintained throughout the years that the 'customer is king'.
In 2017, the company changed its name to Harrod Sport.
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