Young people receive sports and arts bursaries

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Hannah Crouch

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Hard work and dedication shown by young sports and arts superstars was celebrated at an awards ceremony.

During a break from Maidenhead at the Movies in Kidwells Park on Sunday, winners of the Royal Borough's annual sports and arts bursaries were presented with their certificates.

The bursaries are designed to help young people with the cost of lessons, equipment, materials and rehearsal space.

The Louis Baylis Trust, which owns the Advertiser, is a supporter of the scheme and donates £6,000, which is matched by the council.

Chairman of trustees Peter Sands said: “It is great to support local youngsters who take part in sport or arts activities.

“It is particularly important to help them develop their skills for the future.

“Though it is not much money, it could lead them to getting more funding which could result in success.”

Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Sayonara Luxton, led the presentation of 64 sport, three coaching and 24 arts bursaries.

Broken down into age categories, the winners were invited on stage to collect their awards.

The Mayor said: “Well done to all the bursary winners, and their supportive teachers, coach-es, instructors, clubs, groups and last but not least, parents and family who help them to fulfil their potential.

“It’s amazing to hear about the great achievements that former recipients of this scheme have made to reach the top of their disciplines, and it is equally exciting to think we may have future stars from this group.”

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