Sporting youngsters in York who are taking part in this year’s Valhalla Throws Academy can now apply for a bursary towards sport equipment thanks to the support from York’s Ultra Fibre Optic (UFO) from TalkTalk

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York UFO is supporting Valhalla Throws Academy. In its second year the academy welcomes youngsters of all abilities aged 11 and over to learn or improve their skills in discus, shot put and javelin.


The academy takes place over six months and participants will be taught by guest coaches including Scott Lincoln who will be representing Great Britain in the shot put at this year’s European Team Championships.

There will also be sport nutritionists and sport psychologists present at event days to share their top tips on keeping a healthy mind and body in sport.

The bursary will enable the recipient to carry on training and developing their skills and will be presented at the end of the academy in April 2020.

Passion for sport

Paul Wilson, head coach for Valhalla Throws Academy, said: “Being able to offer a bursary means a lot as we can continue to help the young people even when the academy has finished.

“Thanks must go to York’s UFO from TalkTalk for their support. We look forward to welcoming everyone in October.”

York’s UFO marketing manager Michelle McCarthy said:

  • We’re proud to support Valhalla Throws Academy’s bursary programme, it’s a great opportunity for young people from all walks of life to get involved and develop their passion for sport.

    We’re committed to supporting community initiatives that make a real difference to the people we meet as we continue to roll out our full fibre network across York.

York’s UFO network currently passes 40,000 homes and businesses enabling residents in Dringhouses, Woodthorpe, Foxwood, Chapelfields, Poppleton, Huntington, New Earswick, Rawcliffe, Clifton and parts of Holgate and The Groves to connect.

York’s UFO will pass 55,000 homes and businesses across the city by 2020.