QTS Group has today unveiled the next round of inductees into its Youth Athlete Programme, as it looks to inspire the next generation of sports stars.
The national rail contractor has announced five young athletes from across England and Scotland, who will receive funding to help reach their sporting potential.
18-year-old Luis Davin currently plays for the Steven Gerrard Academy based in Liverpool at U19 Level, as well as the Vauxhall Motors FC Reserves Team, who play in West Cheshire Division One.
Luis’ previous accolades include winning the Eastham League, Divisional Top Cup, the Wallasey League and the Wirral Cup.
Other talent entering the programme includes boxers Alfie Bradshaw from Nottinghamshire and Aaron Sarwar from Kilmarnock, as well as weightlifter Jorja McNaughton and gymnast Ethan Cunningham, both from Glasgow.
Launched in 2014, the programme provides annual support to young, emerging sporting stars who face financial challenges, with the aim being to enable them to fulfil their potential.
Since then, QTS has supported a 27 UK sports stars across many disciplines including swimming, kickboxing, and snowboarding, with many going on to compete at the pinnacle of their sports in both the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.
Applications for the latest round of athletes to join the programme opened in November, with those chosen for the programme informed earlier this year.
The process saw candidates sharing their sporting journey, outlining how the sponsorship money would help them to reach their potential.
QTS then reviewed applications based on a varied criteria including their sporting experience, current skill level, and upcoming plans, including competitions and training commitments.
As well as bringing in five new young athletes, QTS will continue to sponsor nine of its current athletes: Jed McMillan (tennis), Ben Stitt (kickboxing), Charlie Lane (snowboarding), Charlotte Payne (hammer and discus), Gillian McGaw (motorbike racing), Rory McKinna (sailing), Adie Lock (kickboxing) and Javier and Joaquin Bello (volleyball).
Alan McLeish, managing director of QTS Group, said: “The UK has a wealth of untapped talent, particularly in sport, but for many it’s sadly a case that financial difficulties can hinder what could be sporting greatness.
“That’s why it’s fantastic to launch another year of the Young Athletes Programme, helping to give support to future athletes. After running the programme for nine years, this is a cause close to our hearts and one we are proud to continue delivering.
“At QTS, we have always taken pride in giving back to local communities. We hope that the programme will truly inspire young people from all walks of life to pursue their dreams and fully fulfil their talent. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for our new athletes.”
QTS Group is a leading multi-discipline UK railway contractor providing services in vegetation management, drainage, fencing, training, civil engineering, earthworks, electrification, geotechnical services, industrial rope access and specialist plant fleet hire.
Founded in 1992 by current managing director Alan McLeish, the company was acquired and became a subsidiary of Renew Holdings plc in May 2018.
Headquartered in Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, QTS has seven offices across the UK, including Linby, Leeds, Preston and Penrith.
QTS is committed to encouraging an inclusive culture, both in its employees and the wider community it works in by nurturing young talent, engaging in strategic partnerships nationwide to support local organisations and running its Youth Athlete Programme promoting emerging sports stars.