Over £10,000 awarded to local athletes through Sports Bursary Scheme


The Lord Mayor, Councillor Julie Flaherty recently presented 18 sports bursaries to local athletes at a special presentation – totalling over £10,000 of funding.

Last November, Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Sport Forum launched its first Sports Bursary Scheme in association with the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council to support and facilitate the development of our inspiring performers within the Borough.

‘I am delighted that the ABC Sport Forum have introduced these bursaries to assist our top athletes at junior and senior level,” commented the Lord Mayor. “I know that competing at such a high level requires a lot of financial commitment and I hope that this small token can help you to achieve your sporting goal.”

Eighteen Bursaries totalling £10,750 were awarded with the following athletes being awarded a Development Bursary Tier 2: Adam Hilditch (Athletics), Ethan Williamson (Athletics), Matthew Willis (Athletics).

Tier 1 Bursaries were awarded to Alana Doyle (Hockey), Daniel Wiffen (Swimming), Edward Rowe (Hockey), Holly Mullholland (Hockey), James Curry (Cycling), Laura Comer (Badminton), Niamh McKiverigan (Cycling), Nicole Lamour (Table Tennis) and Rory Comer (Badminton).

Swimmer Julia Knox was awarded the Top-Up Bursary with Emma Mitchell (Athletics), Jesse Jane McParland (Kickboxing), Jodie McKew (Taekwondo), Mark Downey (Cycling) and Matthew Teggart (Cycling) all receiving an Ambassador Bursary.

The ABC Sport Forum will open another call for Sports Bursary Applications in the Autumn.