Now in its 21st year, OCS has kicked off its 2018 Young Sportsperson of the Year mentoring and bursary programme. With the aim of nurturing talent in young people and supporting the communities in which it operates, OCS has selected eight winners from around the UK to work with over the next year.
Bob Taylor, OCS CEO UK, Ireland and Middle East comments: “OCS is a family owned business and we are passionate about nurturing talent, not just within our business, but also across our wider society. We have a commitment to investing in the communities in which we work. The Young Sportsperson programme is just one way that we support talent, and we are proud to be able to help these outstanding young athletes fulfil their potential.”
In addition to financial support, each of the young sportspeople has an OCS mentor, providing them an ongoing link to our business. Under the programme, each of the athletes will have monthly check-ins with their OCS mentor for ongoing support as they progress with their training and competitions, and to bring the story of their achievements back into OCS.
The winners have been invited to attend an exclusive event at The Oval, where one of them will be named overall OCS Young Sportsperson of the Year 2018. The winners this year are:
- Charlie Aldridge, Cycling, aged 17 from Crieff, Scotland
- Aliya Bacakoglu, Para Swimming, aged 13 from Brighouse, West Yorkshire
- Junaid Boston, Boxing, aged 16 from Rotherham, South Yorkshire
- Callie Eaglestone, Diving, aged 13 from Wakefield, West Yorkshire
- Ross Gourley, Disability Tennis, aged 17 from Belfast, Northern Ireland
- Amy Platten, Judo, aged 17 from St Albans, Hertfordshire
- Ellie Pryor, Weightlifting, aged 16 from Aberdare, Wales
- Marcus Dey, Triathlon, aged 17 from Rochdale. Greater Manchester
Over the last 20 years, OCS has awarded bursaries of more than £500,000 to over 225 young athletes, 27 of whom have gone on to win Olympic, Paralympic and World Championship medals for Team GB. The awards give promising young athletes recognition and support to help them with the burden of training, travelling and competing. The independent recognition and financial assistance provided by OCS makes a huge difference at the start of the athletes’ journey when, often, parents and guardians are their only sponsors.
Find out more about each of our finalists.