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Promising Scottish athletes attend Robertson Trust lunch

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Some of Scotland's most promising young athletes joined representatives from The Robertson Trust and SportsAid Scotland for a lunch at Firhill Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.

The bi-annual event brings together athletes who have received Robertson Trust bursaries through our partnership with SportsAid Scotland.

This year's event also featured inspiring presentations from Jen McIntosh, Scotland's most decorated female Commonwealth Games athlete, and Olympian Derek Hawkins, a former bursary recipient.

The partnership supports a number of initiatives that aim to nurture and develop talented young Scots with the ability and potential to represent Scotland at the highest level of their chosen sport. 

The Trust has donated over £1 million to SportsAid Scotland since 1997, with 159 young sportsmen and women across 31 sports benefitting from the bursaries, including 12 awards to disability sport athletes. 

As a result of this, eight of the 48 Scottish athletes competing in the Rio Olympics were directly supported in the past by Robertson Trust bursaries, with almost one in five of the 27 Scots competing in the Paralympics also previous recipients.

Roddy Mackenzie, Chief Executive of SportsAid Scotland, said: "We greatly appreciate the invaluable support from The Robertson Trust which enables us to support the most talented athletes in Scotland. It is a valued partnership that has thrived in recent years and long may it continue.

"For the vast majority of the young athletes, the bursary they receive is the first recognition of their talent outwith their family and immediate support team and gives them the opportunity to reach their potential."

You can find out more about the 27 athletes who attended this year's lunch here.

If you are interested in applying for a sports bursary please contact SportsAid Scotland directly. Applications cannot be made through The Robertson Trust.