Young Blades

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By The Sponsorship Team
10 September 2008 - 9:42:29 PM


"I'm excited about being involved with the Young Blades initiative and believe that with the correct support and advice we have enough talent in this country to produce more world class athletes, World Champions and Olympic medallists. I'm really looking forward to meeting and supporting the Young Blades and hope that I can play a part in helping them to go all the way." John Terry, England and Chelsea captain.
"I think this is a great initiative from King of Shaves. From my own personal experience I know how hard it is to support yourself and raise funds as well as having to train and compete. I'm really pleased to be involved with the Young Blades programme and I'm looking forward to helping some young athletes by providing them with practical guidance and mentoring support. This is a fantastic opportunity that definitely shouldn’t be missed by any youngster who is serious about their sport and believes they can reach the top!" Shelley Rudman, Olympic Silver Medallist.
Two of Britain’s top sports people were involved in the nationwide search for talented young athletes. England football captain John Terry and Olympic silver medallist Shelley Rudman supported King of Shaves’ search for talented youngsters to join the ‘Young Blades’ programme in 2008.

The Young Blades initiative was first launched in 2004 by Champion hurdler, Colin Jackson, with the aim of providing financial support for talented young athletes. It was extended in 2008 to include mentoring advice from King of Shaves’ elite sporting ambassadors Shelley Rudman and John Terry.

Each Young Blade received £1,000 per year towards their training, kit and competition costs and King of Shaves published all the updates on that the Young Blades sent in.

In 2004 Will King, founder and CEO of King of Shaves commented: "Young Blades is a long term commitment from King of Shaves. With my parents being teachers, they instilled in me the desire to ‘learn to do better’ whenever you can.

We hope initiative will offer much needed financial support and advice at a grass roots level to the next generation of sporting stars who are dedicated and enthusiastic about aiming for their ultimate goal of becoming World Champions and Olympic medallists."

Young Blades Roll Call

Andrew Kennaugh - Tennis [ Read More ]
Anthony Ogogo - Boxing [ Read More ]
Beverley Stevens - Archery [ Read More ]
Christopher Hall - Trampolinist [ Read More ]
Claire Warne - Swimming [ Read More ]
Connor Maloney - Tumbling [ Read More ]
Gavinder Singh Sidhu - Taekwando [ Read More ]
Giarnni Regini Moran - Gymnastics [ Read More ]
Jason Smith - Judo [ Read More ]
Lauren Baverstock - Judo [ Read More ]
Nathan Woodward - Athletics (Hurdles) [ Read More ]
Oscar Mead - Sailing [ Read More ]
Paul Dazeley - Fencing [ Read More ]
Prit Kaur Sidhu - Taekwondo [ Read More ]
Richard Charlesworth - Swimming [ Read More ]
Richard Kilty - Athletics (Sprinter) [ Read More ]
Rory Williams - Dressage [ Read More ]
Wade Bennett-Jackson - Athletics (Sprinter) [ Read More ]

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