Our first Young Athlete Ambassador role has been awarded to Amelia Henley, England Squash player and British Junior National Champion.
Amelia has been a recipient of Kent Trust for Youth Sport funding since 2013. Trustees have seen Amelia grow within her sporting endeavours and excel whilst representing her country.
Amelia said “I am extremely excited to take on the role as Young Athlete Ambassador for Kent Youth Sport. The funding and support that the charity has provided has been exceptional. It has enabled me to progress significantly as a player since 2013, by giving me the opportunity to play in a number of national and international tournaments that I otherwise would have been unable to participate in. Furthermore the funding has allowed me to receive expert help from physios, psychologists, nutritionists and strength and conditioning coaches and has given me the chance to train with the best players in the country. Therefore, I am enormously grateful for Kent Trust Youth Sport and can’t wait to share my experiences to benefit future young recipients.”
I started squash when I was 8 years old. Both my mum and dad played it and my older brothers started to train every Saturday with the local coach Mark Hobday, therefore I decided to try the sport instead of just watching. I had played tennis for fun since a young age and so I already had a feel for racket sports, therefore I really enjoyed squash. I was then asked to play for Kent when I was 9 years old, and I was inspired by the older girls. I was then invited to regional training which moved my squash on to another level. Eventually I began to play tournaments and I remember being impressed by the final of the girls U13 English closed between Lucy Beecroft and Ellie Lake. Since then I have enjoyed playing in European tournaments and meeting people around the world.
I have also played a number of other sports such as football for both the school and a local team, netball for the school, cross country for Swale and kent, athletics for Swale and cycling. I have also represented my school skiing team.
Since 2008, £142,469 has been awarded to individuals and organisations.
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