Posted: 6 August 2019

Athletics Academy announces bursary opportunity for youngsters with support from York’s Ultra Fibre Optic from TalkTalk

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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 as it rolls out its full fibre internet connection across York.  

York’s UFO’s support of Valhalla Throws Academy is part of its city-wide investment in York as it continues to bring homes and business across the city access to lightning fast internet, making York one of the top digital infrastructure cities in the UK. Starting on 6th October, the Academy is in its second year and welcomes youngsters of all abilities aged 11 and over to learn or improve their skills in Discus, Shot Put and Javelin. 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. 

Valhalla Throws Academy will be taking place over six months and participants will be taught by guest coaches including Shot Put professional Scott Lincoln who will be representing Great Britain in 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.  

Paul Wilson, Head Coach for Valhalla Throws Academy, said: “Preparations are well underway for this year’s Academy and we’re delighted at the response we’ve had so far from the young people across York. With only two months to go, we can’t wait to get started! 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. Valhalla Throws Academy’s bursary is a fantastic step towards making athletics in the local area more inclusive and accessible for everyone; we encourage any young person reading this to get involved!” 

York’s UFO from TalkTalk’s full fibre connection is sixteen times faster, more stable and reliable than other ‘fibre’ products*. Full fibre means it’s possible to download a two-hour HD film in several seconds, 100 songs in three seconds and download online games in a matter of seconds and play them without any lag. York’s UFO is transforming the quality of broadband across York delivering speeds of more than 900Mb through Fibre-to-the-Premise (FTTP) technology which involves laying full fibre all the way from the exchange into individual homes or businesses.  

The 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.   

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