Crowborough twins awarded grant

Matthew and James McCarthy have been awarded £750 towards their training and equipment costs.

The 17 year-old twins are among the first UK winners of the Persimmon Homes Healthy Communities campaign.

The scheme will see Persimmon give away more than £600,000 to sporting causes across the UK over the next 10 months, with an overall top national prize of £200,000 in addition to numerous regional donations.

Both boys are talented athletes who have been entered on to the Pentathlon GB English talent pathway and have represented Great Britain at the last two UIPM European and World Biathle Championships where they have won bronze and silver medals.  Biathle is a derivative of modern pentathlon and involves a continuous 1600m run, 200m swim and 1600m run format.

Their dad Paul McCarthy said:

The boys are due to represent GB at the 2017 European Championships in Portugal next month, so this award will go a long way towards helping them purchase some new kit and help them develop their skills across all the various modern pentathlon disciplines (running, swimming, shooting, fencing and riding)

They got involved in the sport around 3 years ago when Pentathlon GB contacted their swimming club (Beacon Swim Club) looking for swimmers to take part in a local modern Biathlon competition (separate run and swim).  The boys, who were already keen runners and members of Crowborough Runners at the time took to it instantly and have since progressed and developed their skills to incorporate the shooting and fencing elements.

James and Matt now attend weekly sessions at the Whitgift Modern Pentathlon Academy in Croydon where they are receiving the specialist coaching that they need to develop.

Neither of the twins receive any funding for their sport and as a parent, the cost of taking them to training and competitions both in this country and abroad mounts up very quickly.  Matt is in particular need of a fencing kit which will cost in the region of £500 so it is a tremendous help to have this donation.  They are both delighted.

Tom Wright, managing director at Persimmon Homes South East, said:

We’re delighted to be supporting Matt and James through Healthy Communities.  Hopefully the money will help them reach their goals in the sport.

This new initiative is aimed at creating a lasting legacy for young people who love sport and the volunteers who help to deliver it.

We are looking for sports teams and individuals who have amazing ideas on how to spend £200,000 to come forward.  We will consider anything from new clubhouses, to training centres, facilities or gyms or it may be people want to spend the cash on the development of future Olympians.  We’re very excited to see the projects that are put forward.

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