Introducing our Spencer Superstars
This month, we are celebrating the remarkable young men and women who have been supported through the Spencer Superstars Charitable Foundation to pursue their passions and live their dreams.
The Foundation aims to provide funding to children with outstanding ability to ensure they can access the resources they need to learn, grow and nurture their talents. We are proud to share with you the stories of these nine superstars whom we have had the privilege of supporting.
Harlow Simpson, Inkersall Spencer Academy
Harlow is a young gymnast with extraordinary talent. Though she only took up the sport a year ago, her head coach spotted her potential right away and placed her in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Squad. Harlow is passionate about the sport and trains for ten hours every week, with the ultimate goal of competing in the British Championships and eventually representing her country in the Olympics. The funds provided by Spencer Superstars helps pay for Harlow’s training fees, competition fees, and equipment.
Thomas Hickerman, Inkersall Spencer Academy
Thomas is an up and coming football star, playing for both the Brimington Little Stars FC on and Staveley Miners Welfare JFC Raptors U10 teams. He’s already had scouts from Chesterfield and Derby come out to see him play right wing. Thomas practices twice a week, in addition to the two games, and thanks to Spencer Superstars will be able to take one-on-one coaching sessions at the Chesterfield FC per his coaches’ recommendation.
Isla Shorten, Inkersall Spencer Academy
Isla has been training with Dronfield Gymnastics Academy since she was only 18 months old, and was selected by them to compete by the time she turned four. After coming in fourth at a previous Yorkshire levels competition, Isla is heading back for another one. As she embarks on the compulsory pathway for gymnasts—the most competitive of the three—Isla will need a new leotard, which will be covered by funds from Spencer Superstars.
Maisie Angrave, Millside Spencer Academy
Maisie is an aspiring professional cricketer with several years’ experience already under her belt. After being scouted and successfully completing a trial, she has joined the Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club, whom she will play for in their upcoming season. The cost of her equipment and training will be covered by Spencer Superstars.
Naomi Coker, Heanor Gate Spencer Academy
Naomi is the country’s Under-15 Table Tennis Champion. As if that weren’t impressive enough, she’s only just getting started. After winning the national competition, as well as the U19 Schools National Title with her sister Jasmin for their second year in a row, Naomi was selected to represent England in the World Schools Championships in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Spencer Superstars will help cover the travel costs as Naomi takes on the world.
Elias Norman, John Port Spencer Academy
Elias plays basketball for the Welsh national team. He was selected to compete in the U16 Four Nations basketball tournament in April; Spencer Superstars helped cover the costs of travel.
Lucie Carder, Chetwynd Spencer Academy
Lucie is a cheerleader on the second best team in the country for her age group. She’s been scouted by some of the best programmes in England and encouraged to try out for Team England; in the nearer future, Lucie will be travelling with her team to compete in Barcelona. It’s her intention to be one of the first-ever competitors in Olympic cheerleading in 2028. Spencer Superstars funds are helping to cover Lucie’s uniform, travel costs and membership/training fees.
Max Goodridge, Chetwynd Spencer Academy
Max has been talent-spotted as a tennis player with enormous potential. Every Tuesday and Friday, he has an early release time to take lessons at the Nottingham Tennis Centre, and his coaches have recommended weekly lessons on top of that. To help Max build up his skill as an upcoming tennis champion, Spencer Superstars are helping to pay for his club fees, travel costs and equipment.
Seb Wang, Chetwynd Spencer Academy
Seb is a young virtuoso heading off to the prestigious Eton College next school year, where he will continue to develop his piano skills.