Search on for sports star of the future

A GRANT of £1,000 is being offered to a local youngster who shows signs of being a future sporting star.

With London 2012 having thrown up a host of new role models, the hope is that thousands of young people across the UK will be inspired to try out a new sport.

And in Eastbourne a sporting taster day is being held in Hampden Park, offering people the chance to dip their toe into a clutch of different activities.

Sportsbourne takes place on Saturday, August 25 and, as well as sessions in mainstream sports like football, hockey and rugby, the volunteers are offering expert introductions from local clubs to a range of less well known pursuits, like martial arts, bowls, cycling, archery and even croquet – all free of charge.

And, as an extra incentive, organisers will be looking for one lucky youngster who shows particular promise who will be awarded a £1,000 scholarship to help them on their way.

Jim Murray, one of the people behind Sportsbourne, explained, “This is a new event open to all ages and free to all to try out new sports. There will be 20 different sports all for free.

“We want people to come along and try out a sport and if they enjoy what they have tried then they can sign up to the sports club and become the next Olympian from Eastbourne to join the list of past champions from judo, archery and sailing.

“There will be small amounts of sponsorship on the day to provide sports equipment to start your new sport, available to some young people.

“This is to get them started in their chosen sport.

“One lucky person will be awarded a £1,000 scholarship (after a qualifying period) to go towards extra tuition and equipment for them and their team.”

And he urged as many people as possible to head down. He said, “Team GB have excelled themselves this year at the Olympics, inspiring the nation to get out and have a go.

“Hidden among some of you there could be the next gold medal winner for 2016. This is a one of opportunity to try out loads of sports in one place at one time.

“Come along and have a go, you never know what talents are lurking below the surface.”

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The day is taking place at The Sports Grounds in Hampden Park between 11am and 3pm.