Building Lloyd’s Legacy

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Celebrating Achievements and Partnerships of the Lloyd Cowan Bursary

We are delighted to welcome you to our new website. The Lloyd Cowan Bursary was launched in 2021, just four months after the unexpected death of the legendary coach rocked the athletics world. 

We were able to set up swiftly and deliver the first grants a few months later, thanks to incredible support from Youth Charter. They provided the bursary with a platform, a dedicated website page, and support to collect donations and administer the entire grant process, all to help us honour and build Lloyd’s legacy. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to Youth Charter for their invaluable and ongoing support.

From the beginning UKA and UKA Futures embraced the Bursary and contributed to support our goals. In 2021, England Athletics, a key organisation of which Lloyd was a dedicated member both as an athlete and coach, honoured him by establishing an annual coaching award in his name.

We are proud to have collaborated with other organisations and individuals who share our passion for athletics and the bursary’s mission. Since the start, Neuff has supported our grant recipients with a year-long discount on athletic equipment. In 2022, the stellar team at Hogan Lovells law firm provided invaluable guidance and support, enabling us to become a charity. One of Lloyd’s athletes,’ Diani Walker, volunteered to oversee our Instagram site, and despite completing her degree, training and now working as a teacher, she continues to support us.

In 2022, in partnership with the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund, we hosted an exhibition at Zari Gallery, successfully showcasing the artistic talents of athletes. The woman behind the idea for the exhibition was gallery founder Georgina Dhillon.

More recently, in July 2023, we joined forces with the London Marathon Events team to offer ‘Athletics for All’ masterclasses for schoolchildren. This event featured leading figures from Team GB, past and present, and bursary recipients who all generously donated their time to lead the sessions. We extend our gratitude to our long-term partners and supporters, Nike and Neuff, as well as HIGH5 and Athletics Weekly, who ensured the young participants had ‘elite’ goody bags.

We are grateful to every individual and organisation that has contributed to the bursary, and we hope for your continued support. Please consider donating whenever you can, as your contributions, regardless of size, have a significant impact, as demonstrated by our recipients’ heartfelt testimonials.

Featured Image: ‘Easy Love’ by Heptathlete Ellen Barber from The Art of the Athlete exhibition

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OLYMPIC TRACK and field stars of the past and, potentially, the future led sessions for excited school pupils at the first-ever Athletics for All event