Young sports stars scoop £200 awards for their achievements

PUBLISHED: 15:12 04 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:18 04 July 2016

Jonathan was presented with the award by Neil Reynolds

Jonathan was presented with the award by Neil Reynolds


They received awards from the Jack Petchey Foundation

Two young sports stars have been presented with awards for their achievements as part of a charity’s biggest-ever regional awards evening.

Jonathan McCabe, a 15-year-old American football player, and Jacob Dowling, who attends the Northbrook Judo Club, each received £200 from the Jack Petchey Foundation.

Jonathan, who lives in Petts Wood and attends St Olave’s Grammar School, where he set up an American Football Programme.

He plays American Football with the Kent Exiles.

Clair Pester, club secretary and welfare officer, said: “Neil Reynolds, the Sky Sports presenter, is one of our parents.

“He gave him the certificate and Jonathan was thrilled.

“We have got age groups at the club of 7 to 11 and 11 to 14, and he is involved in both.

“He runs trials and speaks to players afterwards and encourages them.

“He is going to stay on and coach the team. He is getting too old so he is going to stay and be a coach for them.”

Jonathan decided to spend his £200 award on 35 practice jerseys for the club.

“Before we got the shirts, individual players had to buy their own, so the fact that we got that and can give them out is brilliant, rather than getting parents to buy them,” Mrs Pester said.

Jacob Dowling, 11, began doing judo at Green Street Primary School, at a session run in the school by Northbrook Judo coaches when he was in Year 4.

In 2015 he transitioned to the main Northbrook Club hub, taking up judo outside of school, and he has since worked hard to attain his judo gradings.

Jacob put his £200 award towards the Northbrook Mini Mon competition, which was held on Saturday, June 6, and featured 38 school and club members gaining experience of fighting on the mat in a safe and familiar environment.

The awards were presented at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley on Monday, June 27.

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