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.

2015 Ryan Holden
Ryan Holden



Achievements to date

    2014 - Qualified for Archery GB selection shoot
    2014 - Selected for England Indoor Team
    2014 - Kent Indoor Champion
    2014 - Thanet Disabled Sportsman of the Year
    2014 - Junior Master Bowman
    2014 - Three Gold medals representing England at the Euro Nations
    2014 - Selected for England Junior Outdoor Team
    2013 - Kent Indoor Champion and Kent Outdoor Champion
    2013 - Selected for England Indoor Team
    2013 - Junior Master Bowman
    2013 - Thanet Young Sportsperson of the Year

My name is Ryan Holden, I am 17 years old. I have recently started my level 2 diploma in plumbing at East Kent College. I started Archery five years ago and only started competing three years ago. In that time I have achieved a national record and over 40 county records, also I have shot for England four times and Kent four times, once as a senior. I am training five or six times a week and I am currently in the Archery GB Talent Development Programme. I have won a haul of medals and trophies.

Most memorable sporting achievement to date

Shooting for England in the Junior Commonwealth Championships for Europe in Llanharran, Wales. In this event, I won the individual event on all three rounds and as a team England came first overall and first in the mixed recurve team. At this event I scored the highest overall recurve score, for which I was awarded the memorial trophy which has great importance to this event. I gained my scores for the 2015 GB Team selection shoot during this event and this is why this is my most memorable sporting achievement.

Biggest sporting disappointment to date

None to date.

Most respected sportsperson

Mo Farah

Ritual before sporting competition

Listening to music on the way to the event and just before a good warm up.

Ryan Holden

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Over the last twenty years, £210,000 has been awarded to individuals and organisations across Kent.


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