SSE announces Next Generation programme’s athlete intake for 2017

SSE has announced the 50 young talented athletes receiving financial support and recognition through its Next Generation programme in 2017. The athletes, aged between 14 and 20 years old, are spread across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The programme was launched in 2013 with the aim of creating a lasting legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
12 April, 2017
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SSE has today (12 April) announced the 50 young talented athletes receiving financial support and recognition through its Next Generation programme in 2017. The athletes, aged between 14 and 20 years old, are spread across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with a mixture of 24 sports.

The programme, which is run by SSE in conjunction with SportsAid, was launched in 2013 with the aim of creating a lasting legacy from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Initially, SSE supported 12 athletes in 2013 before the Next Generation programme grew to 50 awardees in 2014.

A number of the programme’s alumni have gone on to achieve international success with cyclist Katie Archibald, who won gold at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games in the women’s team pursuit, and Paralympic silver medallists Tom Hamer, Scott Quin and Alison Patrick, all previous beneficiaries.

This year’s intake sees 26 athletes returning to the programme from 2016 with 24 newcomers to SSE. 10 of the athletes are disabled, competing in six different Paralympic disciplines, with a gender split of 29 females and 21 males. The best represented sport is women’s football with 10 athletes.

In addition to their financial award, the athletes - of which 25 are from England, 10 from Scotland, 10 from Wales and five from Northern Ireland - will benefit from SSE’s help in building their own personal brand through the media as well as having the chance to undertake a range of amazing experiences.

The class of 2017 includes gymnasts Rhys McClenaghan, who won silver on the pommel at the Bern 2016 Junior European Championships, and Latalia Bevan, a gold medallist from the Namibia 2016 Junior Commonwealth Games, both of whom have been supported by SSE since 2015.

Colin Banks, SSE’s Head of Sponsorship, is excited to continue the company’s strong support of young athletes through SportsAid: “We are very proud to be working with SportsAid for the fifth year to support the emerging talent in every home nation to continue to create a positive legacy for sport.”

Tim Lawler, SportsAid’s Chief Executive, added: “SSE’s ongoing commitment is fantastic. At the outset of SSE’s mission to support Glasgow’s amazing Commonwealth Games in 2014, the company took the decision to commit for the long term by helping the next generation.

“They wanted to be there for our future sporting heroes and heroines, and through the SportsAid partnership, that’s what they’re doing. The best examples of impactful and meaningful partnerships are often those with longevity and continuity – SportsAid’s partnership with SSE is such an example.”

Here is the list of the SSE Next Generation Scheme's athlete intake for 2017:

Adele Nicoll, 20, Welshpool (Athletics)
Owen Richardson, 18, Basingstoke (Athletics)
Ryan Webb, 19, Verwood (Athletics)
Bradley Wigley, 20, Ton Pentre (Athletics - Disability)
Fon Steele, 18, Dungannon (Athletics - Disability)
Jahziah Williams, 16, Pevensey (Athletics - Disability)
Jamie Edwards, 17, Taunton (Athletics - Disability)
Shiloh Defreitas, 17, London (Boxing)
Arthur Taggart, 15, Ballymoney (Cycling)
Jack Bodman, 14, Bournemouth (Cycling)
James Codd, 15, Pontyclun (Cycling)
Lusia Steele, 16, Erskine (Cycling)
Ross Cullen, 16, Preston (Cycling)
Abby Callaghan, 15, Glasgow (Football)
Elena Santoyo Brown, 15, Edinburgh (Football)
Emily Syme, 16, Taunton (Football)
Jessica Ngunga, 16, Enfield (Football)
Kirstie McIntosh, 15, Bathgate (Football)
Louise McDaniel, 16, Belfast (Football)
Leah Eddie, 16, Falkirk (Football)
Mayumi Pacheco, 18, Skelmersdale (Football)
Maya Le Tissier, 14, Castel (Football)
Niamh Tinman, 18, Pontyclun (Football)
Annabel Wilson, 15, Aghalee (Golf)
Emily Price, 17, Ludlow (Golf)
Latalia Bevan, 16, Merthyr Tydfil (Gymnastics)
Rhys McClenaghan, 17, Newtownards (Gymnastics)
Zainub Akbar, 19, Barry (Gymnastics)
Holly Munro, 18, Kew (Hockey)
Jack Waller, 20, Thames Ditton (Hockey)
Valentino Volante, 20, Edinburgh (Judo)
Sophie Drakeford-Lewis, 18, Reading (Netball)
Krispin Gardiner, 16, Bristol (Para Cycling)
Lauren Booth, 15, Chippenham (Para Cycling)
Rowan Crosby, 15, Llanfynydd (Para Equestrian)
Conor Ballard, 14, Esher (Para Swimming)
Tamlan Eastwood, 16, Port Talbot (Para Table Tennis)
Charles Newbold, 17, Swanmore (Rowing)
Erin Watson, 17, Aviemore (Sailing)
Islay Watson, 16, Aviemore (Sailing)
Olivia Weedon, 14, Isleworth (Short-track Speed Skating)
Carrie Hallam, 19, Edinburgh (Squash)
James McFadzen, 18, Newbury (Swimming)
Akber Naim, 16, Southampton (Taekwondo)
Elisabeth Hood, 18, Wimbourne (Triathlon)
Matthew Willis, 17, Wrexham (Triathlon)
Yasmin Kaashoek, 17, Devizes (Volleyball)
Mikey Farmer, 17, Caerphilly (Weightlifting)
Rowan Morrogh Bernard, 16, Calvine (Weightlifting)
Matthew Travers, 18, Harlow (Wheelchair Basketball)

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