Notts tennis star receives financial support at SportsAid lunch

Teenage tennis star receives support at SportsAid charity lunch

RISING teenage tennis player Roan Jones was awarded a £500 cheque at a charity lunch last week – which was held in aid of SportsAid to help raise money to support the next generation of British sports stars.

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.

Roan was presented with the cheque by hockey star and Paralympian Laura Sugar, who was the guest speaker at the SportsAid Lunch, held at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground on Friday, 8 March.

Nottinghamshire business professionals also raised £730 for the national charity at the event – which was sponsored by law firm Nelsons, Yorkshire Bank, Musson Liggins and Trent Bridge Cricket Ground.

The money will go towards providing financial support to local, talented, young people who have no other access to vital funding to assist them with training and ultimately enable them to reach their sporting potential.

Tim Lawler, chief executive of SportsAid, said:

“SportsAid provides the country’s brightest young sporting prospects with financial support, recognition and personal development opportunities at a crucial time in their careers. We are very grateful to everybody who attends the SportsAid Lunch in Nottinghamshire as their fundraising efforts are so important in enabling the charity to make a major difference to athletes, just like Roan, in pursuing their ambitions.”

Peter Stapleford, commercial relationship manager at Yorkshire Bank who chaired the lunch, added:

“SportsAid is a fantastic charity, which helps athletes progress in their chosen sport. We are very proud to be able to continue our support of these young people and help make their dreams become a reality.”

The lunches are held three times annually and during each lunch an athlete is presented with a £500 donation. Since 1976, SportsAid has supported tens of 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.

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Picture caption: (L-R)Peter Stapleford, Yorkshire Bank; Graham Parkinson, Musson Liggins; Laura Sugar; Roan Jones; Mel Morton, Nelsons Solicitors; Daniel Craggs, Trent Bridge.

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