Patron: His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales
The Royal Aero Club Trust (RAeCT) has awarded over £5000 in bursaries to help develop the flying ambition of young people in sport parachuting. Awardees include Guy Wells (18, Skydive UK - pictured) who was awarded the Breitling Bursary, launched this year and worth £500. Guy said 'I am delighted to have been chosen to receive this prestigious bursary to develop my skills as a sport parachutist. I can't wait to get started on working towards achieving my flying goal.'
Awards were also made to Katherine Bailey (20, Langar), Kieran Bridges (20, Skydive North West), Callum Collins (19, Skydive Headcorn), Gregory Eden (21, Sibson), Cat Lees (20, Skydive Hibaldstow), Aled Mason (19, Skydive Swansea), Amy Rowe (18, Langar), Rebecca Stevens (19, Sibson), Oliver Sheppard (20, Sibson), Suzi Scott (20, Sibson) and Lucy Westgarth (20, Langar).
Bursaries, which are part of the Trusts Flying for Youth (FfY) programme, are awarded annually to UK residents aged between 16 and 21 in two categories:
1. Flying Bursaries/Grants for those wishing to advance from one recognised level of air sport to the next higher level and wish to upgrade their existing qualifications;
2. FlightSim Bursaries/Grants for Computer Flight Simulation enthusiasts wishing to gain practical experience of flying or an air sport.
The scheme and the bursaries cover a range of air sports including skydiving.
2012 has seen the Royal Aero Club Trust award more bursaries than ever before which shows a great commitment to develop from the youth participants in UK air sports, says David Bills, bursary administrator at the RAeCT. In this Olympic year it is so encouraging to see the next generation of supporters entering into, and developing as part of, the sport parachuting community. Every year we take great pride in following their progress and achievements closely and we wish them the very best success."
Eligible BPA Members interested in applying for bursaries for 2013 should visit thye Royal Aero Club Trust's website where information will be available from September 2012.
The first leg of the UKSL 2012 is at Peterlee on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 May. More information on this meet, including rules and entry forms, here. The Grand Prix in Accuracy is at Headcorn over the same weekend. More on this season's BPA domestic competitions calendar on the UKSL/GP page and the Nationals page.
Updated 17 May 2012