Welsh Athletics are please to promote the 2018 application process for the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund (RPMF) which is now open.
The RPMF Annual Grants application process takes place in the autumn of each year and is available to both able bodied and disability UK athletes between the ages of 15 and 23; however, grants to athletes over 23 may be made in exceptional circumstances. Over the years, a number of high profile Welsh athletes have been supported by the RPMF, many whom have gone on to achieve international success and win medal at major championships.
Don’t miss out…
The applications process will close at midnight on Sunday 19th November. Further details as well as a link to the application process can be found here: http://rpmf.org.uk/apply-grant/
Further information relating to the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund…
In 2016 there were a record number of applications to the RPMF (in excess of 560), with a total of £42,700 was awarded to 199 successful athletes who represent 109 different clubs. 46% of the awards made went to athletes aged 17 years or younger. In addition, a small number of additional special grants were also awarded to support specific needs such as travel to training camps or competitions bringing the total awarded by RPMF closer to £50,000.
The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund raises money through a variety of sources including; London Marathon Golden Bond places (supported by a wonderful team of marathon “Ronners), raffles hosted by the British Athletics Sup-porters Club, British Athletics Writers Association, Track and Field Tours to name but a few, also contribute to the funds ability to support young athletes in the UK.
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 who won 2 medals 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 members and also the medallists. At the European U20 Championships in Grosetto, 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 Bydgoszcz, 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.
In the 26 years that the fund has been in operation since Ron’s death in 1991, it has been able pro-vide support to young athletes in need approaching the value of £2 million, and the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund continues to be a positive legacy for both Ron and Jean Pickering and all that they were able to do to support, promote and protect the sport in their lifetimes.