The names have been announced of the next three Wey Valley students to receive Sports Scholarship Grants from the academy in support of their progress in the very different sports of basketball, taekwondo and motocross.

Phil Thomas, principal of Wey Valley School said: “Max Gilmartin, Kate Norman and Charlotte Hall are dedicated sportsmen and women who have represented their respective clubs at local, regional and national levels. They all aspire to go further in their chosen field and the school is pleased to support them, not least because of the inspiration they provide to their fellow students at Wey Valley.”

The students will receive £200 each.

Max Gilmartin (aged 16) plays national league basketball for South West England team at home and in Europe.  He has applied for post-16 courses at specialist basketball colleges in Southampton and Bristol.

Max said: “I hope this will lead me on to a career in sports teaching and coaching. The Wey Valley School has been exceptional in finding time for my extra basketball training as well as my strength and conditioning training. I will always be grateful for their support.”

A taekwondo student since she was just eight, Kate Norman now aged (aged 12), trains three times a week with her Grand Master, Rob McDonald, and has recently gained her black belt.

Kate said: “This year, I competed in the UK Chungdokwan National Championships where I came fourth, and in September I travelled to Dublin to compete in the All Ireland International Taekwondo Championships where I won a Bronze medal.”

Kate also helps to teach younger members of her taekwondo club.

Charlotte Hall (aged 13) has been competing in motocross since the 2012 season. 

Charlotte said: “I started on a KTM 65 and in my first season I finished 6th overall in my class and also won Girl Rider Of The Year.

“I have competed for my club in the MCF Grand Slam final twice and also the Girls’ Nationals twice, coming 10th overall this year.  Next season I will be moving up to another class and my aim is to finish in the top six in my club and hopefully get into the top five at the girls Nationals.”