TS5C Sponsored Athlete
The flagship fund has already benefited over 130 young athletes from Somerset in a variety of sports. TS5C sponsored athletes have already achieved significant results at both County and National level, and have competed for Team GB in international competitions.

Callum started playing Basketball with Taunton Tigers in September 2011 after he was encouraged to try out for the team after representing Huish Academy at an Inter Schools Tournament at Millfield.

He joined the Under 14’s team, trained twice a week and played in a league representing Tigers.  He was selected to represent Somerset and play with the Under 16’s at an Inter-Counties tournament in Paignton – which they won - the first time Somerset had won this tournament.  He was awarded most improved player at Tiger’s end of season presentation.

He was asked to join the South West team’s Regional Development Programme the following March after being scouted at one of the Tigers games in Glouster.  The Regional Development Program is a player development programme, where regional squads are put together. It serves as a development process for England's 10 regions Under 15’s tournament. The regional squads are made up of the best of the club players from the region and players with potential to represent their country at national junior level and beyond.

As part of the South West team, in June 2012 he was selected to play in an international tournament in Poland with 36 teams from 8 nations where the team achieved runners up –the best a South West team had achieved at this tournament.

In September 2012, he was 1 of 10 players selected to represent the South West and play in the National Under 15’s regional tournament in London, the ultimate aim of the Regional Development Programme – a major achievement for someone who has only been playing a year. These players are recognised as being amongst the best 100 players in the country. 

He trained 3 times a week, twice a week with Tigers in which he represents both the under 15’s and under 16’s teams in both the regional and national league and once a week with Taunton Tournedos basketball club, which he has also joined.

At the start of the 2013/14 season Callum injured his ankle during a game and ended up in plaster and as such missed the majority of league games.  However, he tried out for the South West team again and was successfully in being chosen for the next tournament which was held in Nottingham in September 14.

By attending the tournament he was one of 24 players to be chosen for the England’s u17’s National Development Programme and has attended two England training camps.  Callum has since been selected to represent England’s u17’s in the next tournament in Scotland this month. (June 15).

Callum will also be attending the next round of South West which also starts this month with the aim of being selected for the tournament in September 15.

In July 2015 Callum was selected for an England under 17 2 day tournament in Scotland where they played against Scotland and Sweden.

He is also now started the South West preparation for the RDT tournament this September.

Callum finishes secondary school in June this year and has been accepted at Somerset & Gloucestershire College (SGS) Basketball Academy in September 15.  Here he will be studying 3 A Levels along with 16 hours of basketball training a week.  Going to Bristol will give Callum the opportunity to gain further skills and experience of playing in a higher level league (South premiership division of the national league and EABL for SGS College. He will need to stay with a host family in order to be able to attend the college so funding from TS5C will help with those costs as well as an additional costs involved with the South West and England training sessions or tournaments.

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TS5C's aim is to make a difference to people's lives in Somerset - be it in providing funding for trim trails, disability swimming events, up and coming athletes or community projects like wheelchair basketball.

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