Netball Scotland’s Future Stars programme is specifically designed to help and support talented young athletes to achieve their ambition of being a Scottish Thistle.
Typically aged 13 to 19, these young netballers aspiring to represent Scotland can often face huge challenges to meet the demands of training up to 15 hours per week, with many having to travel up to 900 miles a month and spend in excess of £4,000 per season. Most rely on family support, their club and school fundraising on their behalf, and Local Authority grants, but often even this does now always meet the costs.
Netball remains an amateur sport with Netball Scotland receiving financial support towards those that make it to the top; however, getting there can be a real struggle for our young talent already trying to balance their education and their netball ambition. These young people are already making great sacrifices everyday of their lives to train and compete at the highest level and this programme aims to ensure that no-one is disadvantaged because of lack of funding.
The Future Stars programme relies on the generous support of individuals and businesses, and we are delighted to reveal, that in January 2017 we received a truly heartwarming contribution in the memory of Evelyn Beattie.
Evelyn Beattie was an Edinburgh Netball Club player who died suddenly in 1991. Evelyn had a distinguished netball career with Greenhills and Edinburgh Netball Clubs as well as at school level. Evelyn died tragically young leaving behind a husband and a daughter. In her memory, her husband, team mates and netball players throughout Scotland contributed to the purchase of a Quaich, which is competed for every season as part of the Scottish Cup competition, and now her legacy continues with an incredibly generous donation of £1,000 a year for the next 5 years, to support the Future Stars programme. The Future Stars concept is one that her family feel Evelyn would have been keen to support, and take great comfort in knowing that young talent is being given a chance to develop and shine in Evelyn’s memory.
We are so very grateful for this donation, and to the commitment to the programme and what this can achieve. If you would like to find out more about how you can be involved with the Future Stars programme, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org