Biz Club Award 2018 – Travers Foundation

The Travers Foundation was founded in 2012 by Terry Forsey and is a 100% volunteer run charity that helps local talented young people to achieve outstanding results in sports, performing arts and creative arts. Our aim is to enable their success, so they may forge their careers in their chosen discipline.

Based in Gretton, the charity supports young people in Northamptonshire, Rutland and Leicestershire. Young people seeking traditional business careers have many choices to develop their skills and experience. This includes University education, in job training and a range of apprenticeships. For each of these alternatives, suitable funding options exist. Unfortunately, if a young person seeks a career in sport or the arts there are no alternatives, with the exception of the “bank of Mum and Dad”, until you reach elite performance.

Thier support helps to build confidence and resilience in young people, enabling them to aspire to a professional standard in their career and to look beyond their current circumstances. Young people start to believe in themselves and their abilities, excel in their chosen discipline and start to create their own careerSupport from The Travers Foundation reflects positively in communities creating positive role models for their peers to follow.

The charity has grown and in 2017 over 20 volunteers helped 151 young people achieve their potential winning 139 awards and medals nationally and internationally.

These young people are making their living having been funded by The Travers Foundation:

  • Ryan Evans, Golfer
  • Kayleigh O’Connor, Actress
  • Meg Lyons, Actress, Singer and Performer
  • Ryan Leder, Actor and Producer
  • Joe Tyler, Tennis
  • Lucy Hatton, Athlete
  • Isaac Akers, Athlete
  • Mary O’Brien, Dancer and Producer
  • Nikki Hammond, Dancer
  • Lizzie Turney, Singer and Composer
  • Leah Waterfield, Dancer and Performance Group Leader
  • Sophie Maddon, Dancer and Creative Director

The 2017 highlights of The Travers Foundation may be seen as follows:

  1. Within the 2017 Annual Review here
  2. Our 2017 Young Stars Showcase
  3. Travers Trustee, Bruce Donald, completes the Marathon Des Sables to fundraise

  1. Travers Trustee, Andrew Hartley, fundraising cycle ride to Paris
  2. Lizzie Turney writes “My Dream is still Alive” for The Travers Foundation

In 2017, The Travers Foundation supported:

Sports People – Kick Boxing, Athletics (Hurdles, 3,000m, Triathlon) Basketball, Table Tennis, Archery, Dodge Ball, Boxing, Golf, Karate, Netball, Sailing

Performance Arts – Modern Dance, Ballroom Dancing, American Marching Band, Singing, Piano, Acting

2018 remains as busy with 25 current funding contracts in place for individuals and groups, adding Cycling, Opera Baritone and Dog Agility to our varied roster.

The Travers Foundation receives local media coverage in press, radio and TV. This achieves two purposes recognition to help fundraising and the attraction of new applicants for support.

Examples may be found in the news room on:

  • Website:, and;
  • Facebook page:

Contact details:

The Travers Foundation

Buckworth Barn

High Street



NN17 3DF

Tel: 01536 772974