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Added on: 10th October, 2017 by Caroline_9383
A regional builder has given a top Birmingham archer a cash boost as part of its new sporting initiative to help the youngster achieve his Olympic dream.
Persimmon Homes Central launched its Healthy Communities scheme earlier this year, with £750 up for grabs each month for the rest of 2017. The money is to be spent on sports kit, equipment, coaching or facilities.
Twelve-year-old Joshua Smith, from Shard End, was diagnosed with autism, ADHD, dyspraxia, Nonverbal Tourette’s and anxiety but has used his love of archery to help him cope with his disabilities.
His mother Rebeccah Smith said: “All of Joshua’s issues have had an impact on his life every day and, in the past, he has described how he feels like an alien because he feels different from other children.
“However, archery has helped him focus his energy and anxiety into a sport he loves. He has not let his disabilities stand in the way of him following his dream of one day becoming an Olympic archer and representing Great Britain. We are very proud of him and cannot thank Persimmon Homes enough for their support and encouragement.”
Joshua has been practising archery for nearly three years and is already an athlete on the Archery GB Olympic Programme and is the youngest archer in the squad.
“We cannot thank Persimmon Homes enough for their support. The money will go towards new archery equipment to help his performance and anything extra will be put towards coaching costs,” added Rebeccah.
Sarah Read, senior sales manager, at Persimmon Homes Central, said: “Our Healthy Communities initiative aims to create a legacy for young people who love sport and the volunteers who help to deliver it.
“Joshua is exactly the kind of determined, talented youngster that we want to support, and, who knows, we may be cheering him on at a future Olympics. We’re very excited to see how his sporting career progresses.”
Amateur sports teams and individuals aged 21 years and under across the region are eligible to apply for the Persimmon Homes Central Healthy Communities awards.
A shortlist of 30 will then be created for a national final to be decided on a public vote, with the winning club or individual receiving £200,000 while two runners-up will receive £50,000 each.
To find out more, visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity