City scheme supports future sporting stars

Teen judo start Tommy Jackson from east Hull
Teen judo star given free access to Hull leisure facilities

A talented local athlete has been awarded an annual membership to Hull’s leisure facilities with Hull Culture and Leisure, as part of a scheme to support the city’s future sporting stars reach world-class podiums.

Fourteen year old Tommy Jackson from East Hull has become the second young person to receive the award through HCAL’s Talented Athlete Scheme.

Tommy is part of England Judo performance pathway and has trained with the East Yorkshire Judo Academy since the age of seven. He has spent the last year in the England squad and was also selected to train with Great Britain.

Tommy also recently finished seventh in the Commonwealth Championships and is competed in the British Judo Championships in November.

He will now receive an annual Junior Live it fitness membership, from Hull Culture and Leisure that will give him access to all leisure facilities operated by Hull Culture and Leisure to support his training needs.

Councillor Majorie Brabazon, Chair of Hull Culture & Leisure Limited, said: “This scheme is designed to assist talented young athletes in gaining access to high quality facilities to reach their full potential in their chosen sport and bring out the best of the city’s emerging new talent, without having to worry about the cost of accessing the leisure facilities. We are committed to investing in today’s promising athletes who have the potential to become tomorrow’s sporting heroes.”

Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd have set up the Talented Athlete Scheme to help gifted sports people who are gaining recognition from their National Governing Body, but not yet at elite status. Recipients of the scheme will be given much needed support in the form of free access to the city’s public leisure facilities to support their training. To qualify for the scheme the talented athlete must be recognised by their associated National Governing Body and enrolled onto a Talent Programme as part of their development.

For more information visit www.hcandl.co.uk/talentedathlete or call 01482 614 321.

[Jenny Langrick – Hull City Council]