Grant helps dancing on ice A YOUNG ice skater has been awarded £400 by the Dickie Bird Foundation. Elise Nicole Gough, nine, of Bentley Close, Monk Bretton, has spent the money on ice skates and clothing to see her through various competitions. She has already picked up numerous trophies and spends about eight hours every week training at Sheffield. She has sport in her family – her uncle is former Yorkshire and England cricketer Darren Gough. Dickie Bird set up his foundation in 2004 to help young people ‘fulfil their sporting dreams’. He says he can remember how difficult it was to afford luxuries like football boots and cricket boots. He said: “Of all the things I achieved in my career, it is the opportunity to give something back through my foundation that gives me the greatest pleasure. “I want children to enjoy sport, and not spend all their time on street corners or looking at computers.”
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