£500 grant for county's 'kick box' champ
A 13-YEAR-OLD kickboxer from Lancashire is in full training for one of his biggest competitive challenges - an international competition in Canada.
Ryan Grenfell from Bacup, is taking part in the tournament thanks to funding from local people and Lancashire County Council.
County Councillor Mark Perks, Lancashire's champion for young people, has donated £500 towards the trip, which will see Ryan travel to Montreal in Canada to compete in the World Kickboxing Championship from 2 to 7 October 2012.
Ryan qualified for the competition by winning the British kickboxing championships this year.
Ryan's family organised a series of community events to raise much of the funding for the trip.
Debbie Sumner, a youth support worker from the county council, helped Ryan to apply for the £500 grant from County Councillor Mark Perks.
Ryan is looking forward to pitting his kickboxing wits against competitors from around the world: "I am really pleased to have been awarded this grant. It will mean I can go and compete in Canada.
"I will be trying my best to win. I'd like to thank everyone for their help."
County Councillor Mark Perks, champion for young people, said: "Ryan is a fantastic example to other young people.
"He has excelled in his sport and I'm pleased to provide this much-needed funding that will help him to realise his dream.
"He has trained to a high standard and I'd like to wish him the best of luck as he makes the final preparations to his training.
"He's a superb role model for other young people. I hope his success encourages others to take part in sport - and puts Bacup on the map."
Other projects to receive funding from County Councillor Mark Perks this year include: UthinkCIC Skelmersdale Skate Parks Project, which has received £1,275, and a county-wide Boom Radio project to promote road safety, which was awarded £500.