European Triathlon Gold for Jack
The Trust has been closely following triathlete Jack who competed in the recent European Championships in Glasgow. After a 750m swim, 20k bike ride and 5k run in Strathclyde Country Park, Jack won gold in the youngest, 16-19 age group. However, his time of 1:03:30 was the 2nd fastest time of any age group! He has already qualified for the World Championships to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2019. Congratulations Jack on your tremendous achievement!
Best gets Better and Better
U23 National Champion
A recent message from Ben...
I just want to say another massive thank you to the trust for the continued support this year. It has been my best year in the sport so far and the trust has helped me achieve a new PB and my first national title. Hopefully this support can continue and even more goals can be reached. Thanks again, Ben
2018 has been a fantastic season for Ben. We have been delighted to see him (more than once) running 400m in a personal best time; currently 46.59s which he ran at the IFAM in Oordegem, Belgium.
With a 100m PB of 10.79s, Ben can run a blistering final 100m as he showed in Bedford when he became U23 National Champion (see below).
Just look at the distance between him and the rest of the field!
Here's Ben again - taking gold in the 400m at the 2018 England Athletics and National Championships held in Bedford recently, thus becoming the U23 National Champion in a time of 47.42s.
Congratulations Ben - keep the good news coming!
Update: Place for Young Star!
Zenith has now been successful in gaining a place in her age category (Young Stars 3) at the British Solo Ice Dance Championships to be held in Sheffield from July 10th - 12th. This is fantastic news. The Trust is delighted that all Zenith's hard work and commitment has paid off. We wish her all the best and look forward to hearing more from Zenith in the future.
Ice Dancing Zenith
The Trust is constantly learning of local talent. A recent application from Zenith was no exception. At just 11 years old Zenith is hoping to qualify in her age category for the British Solo Ice Dance Open competition this year, having reached the standard required but now needing to perform well enough at qualifiers.
The Trust is delighted to be able to support Zenith with her training expenses...four trips a week to the ice rink, as well as the cost of entry to her qualifying competitions, travel and costumes. We wish you well Zenith - let us know how you get on.
Rose on Baritone at The Barbican
Last year The Trust supported Rose in the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain. She's had an amazing time, taking part in several courses and performing all over the country.
We were delighted to hear that she's been invited to join the band for this year's courses, when she sent us these great pictures and wrote about what else is in store for this year. It sounds wonderful Rose (2nd from right), keep us posted!
We will be remembering the end of WWI with another concert at The Barbican on Remembrance Sunday.
I will also be working with tutors David Childs and Glyn Williams and our Musical Director Bramwell Tovey, the new conductor of the BBC Concert Orchestra!
As a result of last year's courses I have decided to audition for music colleges (particularly the RNCM, RWCMD and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire) so that I might have the opportunity to work with my amazing tutors on a regular basis!
Thank you very much for supporting me.
Suzanne is in her 2nd year of studying Costume and Performance Design at Arts University Bournemouth. Her course covers elements related to costume design, costume construction, scenography and costume supervision.
The Trust has recently supported her with, for example, the cost of fabrics.
Here she tells us about her most recent creation.
Before Christmas our project was to create a costume from a design by Sophie Fretwell based around characters from Gulliver's Travels. My character was the Rice Farmer from the island of Brobdignang.
Here are some images of the costume on a mannequin.
Many thanks for your support.
The Trust was blown away by the talent and determination of Ben Goodall, who recently applied for funding. Whilst training as an elite tumbler, Ben is studying for a degree in chiropractic at the Anglo European College in Bournemouth. His road to success has not been without injury and challenges, as this video demonstrates. However, it also showcases his amazing ability and with a silver medal at the British Junior Championships and a gold in Portugal recently, Ben was looking to do well at the GB World Age Tumbling Championships. He wasn't disappointed. He landed a new run and gained a personal best score of 67.1 to put himself in the top eight and qualify for the final. Congratulations Ben, keep us posted in 2018.
Congratulations Beth - British U18 Rollerski Champion...selected to represent GB at the European U18 Nordic Ski Championships...and nominated for Oxfordshire's Junior Sportsperson of the Year
We really appreciate hearing all Beth's news - it's fantastic! You can find out more about her nomination and forthcoming goals at
http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/sport/15805184.OXFORDSHIRE_SPORTS_AWARDS__Spotlight_on_Elizabeth_Ireland/ although we now know that she has been selected to represent GB at the European U18 Nordic Ski Championships in Italy the weekend of March 3rd and 4th - go Beth!
Following her tremendous progress last year on snow, Beth has also been excelling on rollerskis, recently becoming the British U18 Champion. Click on this link and fast forward to 1:38:00 to hear a recent interview for Radio Oxford in which Beth speaks about rollerski.
You can also see her here, featured on BBC South Today,
describing her cross-country skiing goals for the European Youth Championships next year and the European Youth Olympics in 2019.
Ben is looking forward to next season
Ben continues to train as an elite sprinter. The Trust loves to hear from those it has supported and Ben is one of the best at keeping us up to date.
Hi, just wanted to say thank you again for the money. It’s really appreciated. This is the hardest time of the year financially and your help makes a huge difference. My coach is really pleased with my progress already this year so hopefully good things to come. My first race is in February and I will be sure to let you know how it goes.
Rosanna Harris in HGO's production of The Enchanted Pig
Having graduated from the RNCM, Rosanna has performed in a number of operas and concerts around the country. Here's a trailer for The Enchanted Pig, in which Rosanna will play the roles of Mab and Adelaide. Running from November 10th to 19th at Jacksons Lane Theatre, Highgate.
You can find out more about Rosanna on her website www.rosannaharris.com
Phoebe's film 'Fish Bowl' is ready for screening
You can read more about Phoebe and her production company by clicking on our Archive tab.
She is hoping to have a local screening in Oxford in the not too distant future.
In the meantime you can watch the film here!
Special Thanks from Blewbury Pre-School Playgroup
The Trust was delighted to see this photograph in September's Blewbury Bulletin of children at Blewbury's Pre-School Playgroup getting to grips with their new play equipment. It was accompanied by these very kind words.
We would like to thank the Tony Loy Trust for their very generous gift towards the creation of a new outdoor play area at Pre-School. This includes a large safety surface and new physical play equipment which will encourage children to enjoy climbing, balancing, jumping and running to develop their large motor skills and improve their confidence with their new found skills and abilities. Thank you so much Sheila, Francesca, Maria and Steve.
And a final thank you from the children themselves.
Planning of the new outdoor play area went on behind the scenes for some time. With help from Tony's colleagues in the play industry The Trust were able to offer some options to the Pre-School who finally chose the boat-themed Minizone Slider. Here's Sutcliffe Play hard at work over the summer, installing the equipment ready for the start of term.
Tour of Germany for Blewbury Youth Brass
For some years Blewbury Brass Band has been actively developing the next generation of young players. In 2014 The Trust was able to support the purchase of several new instruments to establish Brass Clubs at both Blewbury and Hagbourne Primary Schools. Class 4 at Blewbury now enjoy group cornet lessons on a weekly basis.
The Band also continued to develop its Beginner and Learner Bands and in August 2016 began a Youth Band which has attracted local players from across the county as well as some from farther afield! After just a year, members of Blewbury Youth Band have recently enjoyed a very successful tour of Germany.
Organised by Rayburn Tours, 32 youngsters, all under the age of 16, were joined by 8 adults for the trip to Boppard in the beautiful Rhein Gorge, where they performed three concerts.
On their return the band also gave a concert for local supporters at Didcot Civic Hall.
You can read more about the tour at https://blewburybrassband.org/2017/08/28/blewbury-youth-brass-grand-tour/
Jamie was selected as Principal Cornet player for the tour and asked The Trust to contribute towards the funds he needed to raise, in order to take part. Here he is in the centre of the front row.
The Trust loves to hear from those whom it has supported and receiving this email from Jamie was no exception.
Dear Sheila and the Tony Loy Trust
Thank you for your contribution to help me get the funding to go on the Germany tour. I had an amazing time and it was an unforgettable experience.
My favourite concert was the second one, in Bad Münster because the acoustics were great.
We also went to lots of places around the area and my favourite place was Siegfried's Mechanical Music Museum.
The Blewbury Youth Brass Band is continuing to play together. We are preparing to enter a contest in October.
Best wishes from Jamie
Piano for Didcot Girls' School
Another major commitment for the Trust this year has been the provision of a new piano for one of the practice rooms at Didcot Girls' School. Therefore, it was lovely to receive this letter from a Year 7 pupil.
Personal Best for Ben
Following a rigorous fortnight of training in Tenerife, Ben can only be delighted with a personal best of 47.23 seconds in the 400m at Bedford recently...and then a gold medal in the 4 x 400m Relay with team mates from Bath University. In his own words, "Can't complain with that".
Victory for Zak
Zak’s absolutely loving the start of the new season on his new, more powerful, 600cc bike. Contesting podium finishes from the outset, Zak won his final race at Snetterton at the beginning of May.
Congratulations Zak, we’re sure you’ll have more great rides this season and we’re loving the Tony Loy Trust logo riding pillion with you!
Beth's Winter Season
As the Winter Season comes to an end, Beth very kindly wrote to tell us what she's been up to...lots it would seem! Her main winter training camp was in Norway with the British Nordic Development Squad. The week focussed on technique, endurance, and finally sprinting or racing. Here she is in Nordseter with fellow Squad members (she's on the right!).
Then Beth was delighted to be one of the few chosen from the Squad for the Austrian Championships in Ramsau. She relished the experience of 'serious' racing for the first time. Skiing with members from the GB Elite Squad inspired Beth even more. She is working hard towards her goal of the European Youth Olympics in two years time. This is her, no. 70, about to start her race.
Beth's last trip of the season was to Sweden in April where she was filmed being interviewed before her 6.2km race. She was really pleased with her finishing place...all looking good for race and squad selection in the future. All the best Beth, keep in touch!
The Trust Abroad...
Update from Malawi:
A lot of hoeing, ploughing, flattening and raking had to take place before the football pitch could be marked out.
Tony would have loved the villages coming together to play against each other but would probably have had something to say about their choice of English Premiership team - other blue and white flags are available!
Local girl Lucy works for The Mlambe Project, a charity based in the rural village of Chikolongo, Malawi. The charity has been working to develop the primary school and support the community through the provision of sustainable livelihoods and a high quality education. The work has primarily focused on construction and the implementation of educational programmes. Lessons were always outside until new 'earth bag' buildings were completed.
However, to further support the community, The Mlambe Project also constructed a football pitch by the school and the Trust is keenly offering support with football kit and equipment.
Read more about The Mlambe Project at www.themlambeproject.org
Football boots have arrived and the Trust has received this 'Thank You'. Looks like the boots and the pitch are being put to good use!
The Trust is able to sponsor elite swimmer, Harry
a 3rd Year student at Plymouth University studying Photography. He is an elite breaststroke swimmer, competing at National and International level. Harry has qualified for the British Championships taking place in Sheffield this April, where his aim is to qualify for the World Championships. In addition to his studies, a training schedule of up to 15 hours a week in the pool and the gym leaves Harry little time if any to raise funds. The Trust is delighted to be able to offer Harry support with the cost of competing at this level.
You can read more about Harry at https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/study/fees/scholarships-bursaries-and-funding/funding/sports/harry-james-swimmer
How did he get on? Harry put in a creditable performance but unfortunately it wasn't enough to make the World Championships. We look forward to more results from Harry.
is a 2nd Year student at Plymouth University studying Geography. Attending gymnastics classes since the age of 3, Grace turned to trampolining as a teenager and has never looked back. Selected for her university squad, Grace finished higher at the recent BUCS Trampolining Championships than last year (a fabulous 5th out of 148)...and having moved up a category too! She then rounded off the weekend with a 7th place finish with her partner in the synchronised event. The Trust is delighted to have been able to support Grace with the purchase of new leotards, including this one, compulsory for inter-university competition. Go Grace!
A Great Season for Ben
Last year the Trust helped Ben with, amongst other things, the purchase of new running spikes. So we were delighted to hear from him and in particular read about his performance at last summer's English Schools' Championships.
With your help I had a very successful season managing to win English Schools' 400 metres and receiving my first international vest.
Ben ran inside the National Standard by almost a whole second!
The Trust has committed to supporting Ben again this year, as he embarks on his study of Sports Performance at Bath University and begins a rigorous new training regime, with a new coach too.
It seems to be working well! In his GB vest Ben has made a fantastic start to 2017. Here he is winning Heat 3 at the Scottish Senior Championships in Glasgow, automatically qualifying for the final. He is now set for the British Trials in February. We look forward to hearing more from Ben and following his progress throughout the year.
Georgie completes the Amsterdam Marathon in aid of the Trust!
Wearing bib #2770, Georgie set off on Sunday 16th October to run the 26.2 mile Amsterdam Marathon - her first ever marathon! See her here, running past the iconic Rijksmuseum.
Averaging 10 minute miles, Georgie reached the half way marker in an impressive 2:11:35. Unsurprisingly, running that distance, Georgie's body fought against her during the second half of the race. But undeterred she kept going to finish in 5:23:32. Of the 16500 runners who took part that placed her 11510 - fantastic for a first marathon! Well done Georgie and thank you for the money you have raised for the Trust.
If you missed sponsoring Georgie and would like to make a donation, please click here.
Jack is happy to oblige with a photo for
A fabulous photo opportunity at the World Championships in Cozumel, Mexico last year. Jack finished a superb 4th in the 16 - 19 Aquathlon... whilst Alistair managed a 3rd place finish in the Elite Triathlon after memorably helping his brother Jonathan to cross the line ahead of him.
The Trust sponsors students from Didcot Sixth Form to make a video promoting the refurbishment of Blewbury Village Hall.
The film was produced by Media Studies students. It involved interviews with a number of Blewbury residents and had its premiere in the village on Sunday 2nd October. It is being used to support the campaign to raise £500,000 to refurbish the hall, which is a core facility in the village and supports young people's participation in sports and arts. Have a look at their production...the video, lasting approximately 5 minutes, is above. Should you want to find out more or to support Blewbury Village Hall's refurbishment go to http://blewbury.co.uk/venues/village-hall-refurbishment/
50 points clear going into the final day of racing at Cadwell Park, Zak is crowned Aprilia RRV450GP Champion of 2016.
See Zak at the start of the penultimate race of the season (34 races in total), already crowned champion yet ready to race in the most appalling of weathers.
His bike and leathers have looked great throughout the year, sporting The Tony Loy Trust logo. Good luck next season Zak as you follow your dream and move up to the 600 class.
is part of a young production company, Requiem Pictures, formed in 2016. The support of The Tony Loy Trust has enabled the making of their latest short film 'Fish Bowl', on which Phoebe worked as Associate Director. She can’t wait to release the final product this year, and plans to pursue a career in film and television after completing her English degree at Exeter University. She hopes to go on to write and direct something of her own in the future. Watch this space!
attends The Golf College in Lindfield, West Sussex. The Trust have enabled him to be match ready in his College kit. Good luck Harry!
has been BMX racing for 5 years - he's only 11 now! Four times qualifier for the World Championships, Jordi has represented his country around the world in the GB Squad. The Trust is delighted to have recently offered Jordi funding to help develop his talent in Downhill Mountain Biking too.
attended the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. The Trust supported her academic fees and was delighted when she was chosen to play Titania in a RNCM production of Benjamin Britten's 'A Midsummer's Night Dream'.
is a student at the University of Winchester, further developing her talent in acting and drama. The Tony Loy Trust is delighted to be helping her kick-start a theatre company which Georgie aims to take into local schools.
Indie rock band
have produced their first EP, Egg Catpil Ccun Butfli, with help from The Tony Loy Trust. Money has also been used to produce T-shirts for the band's members, Sami, Jonny and Evan.
is a writer. The Trust provided financial support for 'The Hemline Index', performed at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival and 'Boxed In', another work for Portmanteau. The Trust continues to support Eva's writing projects.