Community Project volunteer award winner provides opportunities for young track and field athletes

The Natasha Lewis Foundation (NLF) works with Team Bath to provide support for not only talented athletes but the club as a whole. This has also enabled the club to work with other community partners such as local schools to arrange teacher training events to help young people get positive first experiences of athletics. And it led to them winning the 2022 Community Project of the Year in the South West.

“The support the NLF provides covers many facets aimed to support every participant at Team Bath which have included things such as new or enhanced coaching qualifications, a hardship fund, extra track time, new kit and for selected athletes they have been able to gain access to warm weather training camps, rehabilitation sessions, specialist kit and funding for competitions”.

Dave Bowler, the founder of the foundation and the fiancée of the late Natasha Lewis

Athletes from Team Bath AC are already seeing the benefits from the support provided by the NLF.

"What the foundation has done for athletes and the community is inspiring and it is a privilege to have its support. I plan on using the foundation's support to fund an altitude camp to give me the opportunity to continue to develop fitness and strength in a lower-oxygen environment.

John Howorth

"With the help of the foundation I was able to access the support I needed through my recovery so I could get back to training. As a result of this, I have broken both my 5k and 10k PBs this year, and won two 10k races.

Freya Spurit