Ron Pickering Memorial Fund grant application deadline: 19 November
A reminder that the deadline apply for grants from Ron Pickering Memorial Fund is Sunday 19 November 2017. Grants are available to all UK athletes between the ages of 15 and 23, including disability event athletes. Grants to athletes over 23 may be made in exceptional circumstances. Click here for full details
An athlete can apply directly using the online application form only; no other method of application will be accepted and the application process is only available during this time. The selection process then takes place in early December and the announcements of the award recipients is usually made at the end of December or early January.
There were a record number of applications to the RPMF at the end of 2016, in excess of 560, for the January 2017 Annual RPMF Athlete grants. A total of £42,700 was awarded to a total of 199 successful athletes from 109 clubs, with 46% of the awards going to athletes aged 17 years or younger. A small number of additional special grants were also awarded to support specific needs such as travel to training camps or competitions which brought the total awarded by RPMF closer to £50,000. In the 26 years that the Fund has been in operation since Ron’s death in 1991, they have been able provide support to young athletes in need approaching £2 million.
Shaun Pickering told us, "The London Marathon, and our guaranteed Golden Bond places, continues to be the major source of income to the fund through our wonderful team of marathon 'Ronners' raising sponsorship from friends and family as part of our Run4Ron campaign in order to donate to the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund. In addition, money raised through raffles held by England Athletics (at our Hall of Fame), British Athletics Supporters' Club, British Athletics Writers' Association, Track and Field Tours, and the Javelin Carnival also contributed to our ability to support young athletes in the UK. We are continuing in our efforts to raise money for the Jean Pickering Olympic Scholarships, where we hope to support a small number of athletes with some larger and sustained amounts to help them on their quest to gain selection for TeamGB for Tokyo2020, as we were able to do for London2012 and Rio2016."
At the IAAF World Championships, 58 of the 85 athletes selected (almost 70%) for the team had at some stage in their careers been supported by the RPMF. These included Mo Farah and the majority of the members of the Men’s and Women’s 4x100m and 4x400m relay medal winning teams. There were some excellent performances from a number of young athletes finishing in Top 8 positions, most of whom had been supported by the RPMF.
In the major age group Championships in 2017, the RPMF were extremely well represented among the team - at the European U20 Championships in Italy, the RPMF had supported 39 of the 55 athletes (over 70%) in the GB team, including gold medallists Jake Heywood and Maya Bruney. Similarly, at the European U23 Championships in Poland, 39 of the 54 GB Team members (over 70%) had received support from the RPMF, which included gold medallists Ojie Edoburun and Finette Agyapong.
At the England Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner this year, special grants were awarded to the winners of the three Ron Pickering Memorial Fund 2017 Age Group Performance Athletes of the Year:
- U23 Athlete of the Year: Reece Prescod
- U20 Athlete of the Year: Maya Bruney
- U18 Athlete of the Year: Alastair Chalmers