A teenage tennis player who trains at Westway Sports & Fitness has been crowned the boys’ junior deaf tennis world champion.
Esah Hayat, 13, triumphed at the World Deaf Tennis Championships in Nottingham on Saturday 25 July. The championships brought together some of the world's best deaf tennis players in an international competition for the very first time.
In April this year, four budding athletes who train with Westway Sport & Fitness were awarded scholarships to help them reach their sporting potential. They shared £5,000 that Westway Trust has given for scholarships in memory of one of our trustees, Tim Davis, who died last year. The awards reflect Westway Trust’s role in providing first rate sports facilities and opportunities.
Westway Trust, a charity that aims to improve the Westway area, has announced it will award up to £100,000 in community funding this year through its new Community Grants programme. Applications for funding will open on the 3 August and the deadline is 12noon on 14 September.
Westway Trust’s member organisations have elected Naami Padi as one of their representatives on the Trust’s Board of Trustees.
Naami is a familiar face in the local area. She is Director of the Venture Community Association (VCA). The VCA is at the heart of the Golborne community and comprises the popular Notting Hill Adventure Playground, a busy community centre and London’s only purpose-built steel band rehearsal and tuning facility.
A total of £100,000 will be available to local charities and community organisations when Westway Trust re-launches its grant-making programme next month.
Grants of up to £2,500 will be on offer for projects which celebrate the local area’s culture and heritage; make the most of the local diversity and talent; improve health and well-being in the local community; or improve economic opportunity.
There are two types of grants:
Community Celebration Grants – up to £500 for one-off community celebrations and events.
This year’s Westway Trust Community Festival on Sunday 26 July will be bigger and better than ever with a vibrant mix of music and family fun.
The festival takes place on Portobello Green from 12noon to 6pm. It’s a FREE fun day out for all the family and will include a live stage, children’s activities, local stalls and international food on offer.
Showcasing the diversity and talents of the area, it will involve a wide range of community groups, organisations and schools.
Free adult learning sessions at Westway Trust are opening up a world of new choices and opportunities for people who have struggled with basic skills since moving to the UK.
More than 30 people came along to taster sessions in English, maths, IT and sewing that Westway Trust organised as part of National Adult Learning Week from 13-19 June.
Westway Trust’s Learning & Skills Development Manager, Joe Freeman, said many of those who came along had lived in the UK for years but had been too focussed on survival to improve their lives with new skills.