In our line of business, we regularly meet clients who have been very fortunate in life. The launch of the Creechurch Sports Academy was to sponsor a selection of handpicked, promising young sports stars as our way of giving something back. In actual fact, watching their progress and success gives more back to us that we could have ever hoped.
Over the years our Sports Academy programme has helped push some of the best young sporting talent onto successes. It’s been an honour supporting them on their journeys and as we look towards their bright futures, here we take a look at some recent highlights from our alumni.
Our first Sports Academy member, Daniel Lloyd (pictured), joined the Eurotech Racing Honda squad in 2016 competing in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). In May 2017, Daniel made his China World Touring Car Championship debut with the Ford China team, claiming a podium spot with a second placed finish in his first race. He is currently racing in the TCR International Series.
Meanwhile our second motorsport member, Nico Lavery’s season is just kicking off and after a fantastic 2016 he will be competing in the Series Rotax. A promising young talent at the start of his career; we’re excited to follow his journey.
Yasmin Ingham, the Academy’s only equestrian, has had a flying start to 2017 taking the bronze medal at Lincolnshire in March. In May her success continued with an easy double clear inside the time, taking home second place at the Chatsworth International Horse Trials. She has also been shortlisted as the Sportswoman of the Year at the Isle of Man Sports Awards 2017.
We’re looking forward to following our alumni as they progress throughout 2017; their successes, a reminder of what time well spent can achieve.
Crosby-based Blake Henwood is already an extraordinary footballing talent at just ten years old. His talent has been recognised by Manchester City Youth Academy, where he has been selected to attend training sessions. On the Isle of Man, Blake has been awarded a place with both the Isle of Man Centre of Excellence and the iCue Academy. He also continues to play for his local club Marown Juniors, and is now enviably, the latest member of the Creechurch Sports Academy.
Long-term, Blake would love to earn a full time place with a youth academy so that he can continue to develop, and hone his skills. Away from the pitch Blake attends Marown Primary School.
Talented teenager, Michael is a highly experienced shooter, and has already taken part in numerous high profile competitions throughout the UK. His biggest success so far is winning the ‘Colts Class’ in the English Skeet British Open last year, with an outstanding score of 97 out of 100.
Three-time European taekwondo champion, Aaron Cook, was backed by the Sports Academy when he represented the Isle of Man to his 2014 victory. He represented Great Britain in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where he reached the semi-final and was narrowly defeated in the bronze medal match.
Huddersfield-based Daniel Lloyd was the first recipient of the Sports Academy scholarship in 2011. He now races in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Previously Daniel has been awarded the Porsche Scholarship and competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup GB. In 2016, he joined the Eurotech Racing Honda squad. Lloyd claimed a sensational second in a qualifying session on 5 June at Oulton Park, narrowly missing out on pole by just 0.019 seconds. He is currently racing in the TCR International Series.
To truly embrace the firm’s international reach (and following a pull on John’s heartstrings!), the Academy extended its support to Spain-based go-karter, Nico Lavery. He has a passion for motorsport and since the age of only two has been driving quads and bikes. He’s one to watch!
Cyclist Jonny Bellis was tragically affected life threatening motorcycle accident in Italy that almost claimed his life in September 2009. The Sports Academy supported his comeback at only 24 years of age. He achieved the bronze medal in the 2007 World U23 Road Race Championships and was the youngest road rider at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Cheshire-based golfer, Charlotte Wild was supported to her success as runner-up in the Fourqeuex Ladies open in Paris, which is part of this year’s Ladies European Golf Tour. Her time with the Sports Academy saw her give lessons to many of Creechurch’s clients.
Greeba-based Yasmin Ingham was crowned British National Pony Champion. This outstanding result means Yasmin can look forward to competing at the highest level, with the forthcoming European Championships on the horizon and then the pinnacle of any athlete’s career, the Olympic Games.