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Young prop wins Calum Johnston Scholarship

25 November 2009

  • Under 18 prospect receives prestigious award
  • Extra assistance will aid ‘talented young player’

Young prop forward Luke Cowan-Dickie has received a Calum Johnston Scholarship from the Youth Sport Trust.

The £2,000 award will help the Truro College student progress a rugby career that has already seen him play for England at junior international level.

Luke, who is a member of the Exeter Chiefs Academy, appeared for England's Under 16 side last season and was named in the England Under 18 squad in September.

"He's a very talented young player and out of all the squad we felt he was the one that would benefit most from the extra assistance because of his circumstances and where he lives," said England Under 18 head coach John Fletcher.

"He'll sit down with [Academy Manager] Robin Cowling and the Exeter Chiefs, Truro College and his parents and come up with a plan to support him in priority areas, whether that is in nutrition, transport or with equipment.

"We're very grateful to Calum Johnston's family and the Youth Sport Trust for the award and I'm sure it will make a significant contribution to his development as a player."

The scholarship is awarded in memory of Calum, who died in 2005 at the age of 14.

His family created a sponsorship fund to help promising young athletes in each of Calum's favourite sports - athletics, canoeing and rugby.

It is administered by the Youth Sport Trust, the charity whose mission is to build a brighter future for young people by enhancing the quality of physical education and sporting opportunities.

This year's other scholarship award winners are young sprinter Jodie Williams, from Hertfordshire, and kayaker Ryan Westley, from Bristol.

Luke Cowan-Dickie's older brother Tom is also on the Chiefs' books and part of an Under 19 Regional Academy squad that plays Australian Schools at Hartpury College on December 16.