|Year(s) Sponsored||2007 on|
TS5C is a third party charity which aims to help develop young sporting talent in Somerset, improve the health of individuals and provide opportunities for both able bodied and non-able bodied to experience sport through special events.
Over the last decade 140 specific athletes in a variety of sports have been able to compete at the highest level thanks to the support of TS5C funding.
The charity's remit has been widened to support healthy living projects and a Wheelchair Basketball initiative. TS5C has supported programmes and events that have impacted on many hundreds of lives, from supporting Special Olympics, funding equipment at doctors surgeries to building trim trails at sports centres.
Unlike similar organisations in the country, TS5C is not funded directly by Government or the Local Authority but instead relies completely on the generosity of local businesses and individuals. If anyone is interested in getting involved, email email@example.com or visit the website.
TS5C's roster of supported athletes reads like a Somerset roll of honour and includes currently funded swimmers Rachel Anderson, Charlie Attwood, Jacob Greenow, Jessica Hudson, Cameron Kurle and Brodie Williams. TS5C have also supported recently swimmers Zak Aitchison, Beth Newton and Tristan Slater.
TS5C presented Brodie Williams (Millfield) with an ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award in 2017. With some record personal best times under his belt for backstroke, Brodie was selected to represent GB in the 2017 World Junior Championships in Indianapolis and won the British 200m Backstroke title in March 2018.
Brodie Williams “I feel very proud to represent TS5C and to win the outstanding achievement award means a lot. I am sincerely grateful for TS5C’s support over the last three years.”
Alan Gloak, the Chairman of TS5C, highlights the importance of providing funding for the county’s young athletes. “It is now, in the early days of their sports careers, that funding is so important. Athletes at the top of their field receive funding, but there is virtually nothing at the grass roots level. The costs of training, specialist equipment and attending competitions are daunting for any family, yet essential if a young person is to achieve their full potential. TS5C celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017 and I am proud to say that we have made a significant contribution to meeting these costs through our grants to young athletes.”