The recipients of our grants are all dedicated to either participating in sport at a high level or to providing opportunities for young people to participate in sport.

2019 Peter Rickards
Peter Rickards



Achievements to date

  • 2019 - Secured a European Silver Medal
  • 2018 - Became a Vice-European Champion
  • 2017 - Selected for England
  • 2015 - Achieved a Black Belt

I am 18 and have just finished my A-levels. I started Taekwondo when I was 4 years old and have trained for many years progressing through the different belts, growing to love every aspect of the sport. Through the years I have competed in many local and national competitions achieving multiple medals in multiple events. By 14 I had become a black belt. I was selected for the England team, and went to my first European Championships in 2017 in Sofia, Bulgaria and it gave me the feeling that there is nothing I can’t do. Over the next few years I have fitted training into my busy school life and attending multiple training camps over the summers in various countries. In 2019, I secured a silver medal for England in the -56kg sparring, which was a very tight match, narrowly missing out on the gold in the last round.

Most memorable sporting achievement to date

Becoming a Vice-European champion in April 2018

Biggest sporting disappointment to date

I have been held back by continuous nose bleeds, which has caused me to withdraw from competitions. But after surgery this has not held me back since.

Most respected sportsperson

Tomaz Barrada – ITF Taekwondo Icon

Ritual before sporting competition

I like to be completely alone, visualising on what needs to be done.

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Over the last twenty years, £198,554 has been awarded to individuals and organisations across Kent.