Free Skipton Recreation Center Membership for Craven Gifted Athletes

Up-and-coming sports stars have been offered free membership to Craven Leisure, Skipton as part of the National Sports Free Access (FANS) scheme.

The program helps young people develop their skills in sports such as swimming, cycling, cricket, football, gymnastics, rowing and take advantage of the training program on offer.

Councilor Richard Foster, leader of Craven District Council, owner of the leisure centre, said: ‘This is a fantastic initiative which supports our local sportspeople of all ages, continuing to progress and hone their sporting skills, whilst achieving success and recognition at local and national level.

“We are proud to see talented athletes enjoying Craven Leisure sports facilities and realizing their true potential.”

Swimmer Paige Fenton, 19, one of 11 successful applicants to join this year’s FANS initiative, is a member of Skipton Swimming Club. She said: “Most recently I placed in the top ten of the women’s open age group in the breaststroke events at the England National Short Course Swimming Championships. I will be heading to Dubai later this year to compete internationally and continue my journey on the national Swim England path.

Since the program began more than a decade ago, he has helped dozens of athletes of all ages representing 20 sports.

Many sports stars have benefited from this program. Among the success stories is 20-year-old Joe Hudson. Joe is in his final year at the University of Birmingham and recently competed in the World University Cross Country Championships for Great Britain.

He said: “Having access to the gym at Craven Leisure has been invaluable. Strength and conditioning is a big part of my training plan and being able to use the facilities there has been really helpful.

The 11 are: Josh Elliot, Kaye Fenton, Paige Fenton, Ellie Jackson, Jack Jenkinson, Aaron Macrae, Jack Moran, Ned Sharp, Agnes Simon, Elle Stone and Joe Hayes.

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