Added on: 5th February, 2018 by Caroline_9383
A young Cannock hockey player has been given a cash boost by a regional housebuilder as she sets her sights on an international tournament this year.
Fifteen-year-old Lily Walker applied to Persimmon Homes West Midlands to become one of the winners in their Healthy Communities programme.
Under the scheme, a host of regional prizes of £750 were up for grabs each month until the end of 2017 to provide funding for amateur sports teams and individuals for sports kit, equipment, coaching or facilities. Entries to the scheme have now closed.
Under the Healthy Communities scheme, a shortlist of 30 will be put forward to go through to the national final to be decided on a public vote. The winning club or individual will receive £200,000 while two runners-up will each receive £50,000.
Lily is now hoping to play for England U16s next July in the Six Nations tournament to be held in Ireland.
She is already a member of the England Hockey U16 National Age Group Squad. She is one of the youngest players in the National Conference League West, playing for Cannock Ladies Hockey Club.
Lily, who goes to Kingsmead School, Hednesford and is studying for her GCSEs, said: “I am over the moon that Persimmon Homes has decided to support me in this way. It will really help towards the cost of my hockey stick and kit.”
Stephen Cleveley, Director in Charge of Persimmon Homes West Midlands, said: “Our Healthy Communities initiative aims to create a legacy for young people who love sport. Lily is exactly the kind of determined, talented youngster that we wanted to support and we wish her luck in her hockey career.”