Young England forward, Toni Duggan, receives STARS Beckwith Scholarship.
England Women’s U19 forward, Toni Duggan, is Britain’s latest young sports person to be awarded a STARS Beckwith Scholarship.
Run by the Youth Sport Trust, the STARS (Supporting Talented Athletes on the Road to Success) Beckwith Scholarship Programme has been in operation since 2001 and aims to make a positive difference to the sporting futures of some of Britain’s best young athletes. Swimmer, James Goddard, who won Commonwealth gold in 2002, rower, Tom Lucy, who won an Olympic silver medal in Beijing and Mark Lewis-Francis, who won an Olympic gold in Athens, have all benefitted from the programme in recent years and Duggan will hope her scholarship of £4,000 will help her hit similar heights.
The fund aims to help talented young sports people and provide them with support that will help them achieve their potential and the funding can be put towards kit and equipment, training costs, travel expenses, sports science and medicine support or certain dietary requirements.
Duggan’s four goals in Belarus helped fire England to the UEFA European Women’s U19 title in the summer and she also got on the scoresheet as England eased into the Elite Qualifying Round of this season’s competition.
On the domestic front, Duggan will be looking to fire Everton to glory early next year as they prepare for their FA Women’s Premier League Cup Final tie against Leeds Carnegie.