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Wheatley Group launches 10 scholarships for aspiring athletes in Scotland

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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With the world entranced by the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland’s Wheatley Group has launched its 2014 Games Year Sports Scholarship.

The 10 scholarships, of up to £1,000 per year, aim to support young athletes from Wheatley communities pursue their dreams of sporting success.

Athletes Christian Mankodila and Sharon Jakisa, who attend the Glasgow School of Sport, and swimmer Chloe Barclay are the first recipients of the scholarship. The photo shows Chloe, Christian and Sharon at the launch

Olga Clayton, Wheatley’s director of housing and care, said: "We want to give our young people the support they need to fulfil their ambitions. We also hope they will inspire other young people in our communities to follow in their footsteps. I’m looking forward to seeing our young people at the next Commonwealth Games in four years’ time."

Christian, 17, from the Gallowgate, has already overcome cancer in his determination to pursue his sporting dreams. "A year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I’m well now, but when I was in hospital I was frightened I wouldn’t be able to run," he said. "I knew then I’d overcome whatever they put in front of me. My ambition is to compete at the Commonwealth Games. I need to continually train and learn new methods and additional funds and the scholarship will allow me to do this."

The young people who receive the scholarship also pledge to give something back to their communities by offering support to young people in Wheatley communities.

There will be 10 recipients this year. Applicants must live in a Wheatley Group community, have a proven track record in competitive sport and a recommendation from their sports club or their school or university. The deadline is 30 September.

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