Hello world!

Welcome to VCARS Academy the new privately sponsored wing of VCARS.CO.UK dedicated to serving the rising talents of the nation in their fight to obtain success in the world stages of their respective sports.

VCARS.CO.UK has launched a new VCARS ACADEMY enrolling sportsmen and women into their scheme of sponsorship and support. The candidates selected will receive funding from VCARS.CO.UK towards training facilities, equipment, competition entry fees, travel and accommodation etc etc.

VCARS.CO.UK understands the expense of competing at a high level within sport especially when athletes are within their youth and not able to work. We have employees who have been elite sportsmen and they themselves remember what difference financial support would have made to their careers in sport.

Please find a list enclosed of the men and women looking to be sponsored by VCARS.CO.UK


Ryan Massetti / Golf Professional

Having completed the Jamega Pro Golf Tour last year of which we sponsored 8 out of 12 events played, Ryan is looking forward to the PGA EUROPRO tour in 2011. Each event has a £10k first prize and top 5 players on the year’s order of merit gain entry onto the EUROPEAN CHALLENGE tour.

Ryan will be seen on SKY Sports wearing VCARS sponsored kit and will also be helping with client entertainment through the year on golf related corporate entertainment. Ryan has expressed a wish to please any PR related needs from VCARS and is happy to support any media attention.

His expense layout

Europro Qualifier

Min 12 events entry fee

VCARS branded Clothing shirts


Josh Daniels / Elite Triathlete

About Me

I am a 19 year old triathlete from Peterborough. I started triathlon when I was 15 and rapidly progressed to selection for the European Youth Championships in Spain and went on to win. This result led to my selection for the Youth Olympics in Sydney 2009 and for the British Triathlon Association to place me on the World Class Program.

As a junior, I have, I gained selection for the European Junior Championships, Holten, Holland, came 3rd in the National Junior Elite Duathlon Championships, 4th in the Senior Elite National Sprint Championships (which gave me some excellent coverage on Channel 4) and was overall 2009 Junior National Championship Series winner.

Key Career Achievements

London Triathlon Youth Elite Champion 2007

2nd Eton Super Sprint Triathlon – 2008

1st European Youth Triathlon Champion 2008- Pulpi Spain (2nd fastest

split in the race)

11th Blenheim Elite Triathlon (senior elite race) – 2008

5th Youth Olympic Triathlon 2009 – Sydney Australia

3rd National Junior Elite Duathlon Championships – 2009

4th National Senior Elite Sprint Championships (senior elite race) – 2009

9th Blenheim Elite Triathlon (3rd Junior) – 2009

17th Junior European Championships, Holten, Holland – 2009

British Elite Triathlon Development Squad member – 2009 / 2010

2009 Junior National Championship Series Winner

Key Triathlon Goals

  • Continue to race in Televised Elite series races and get good TV coverage for my sponsor as well as improving my own profile within the sport
  • Progress into the U23 and senior ranks in 2011 and 2012 and start to make selections for the ITU senior World Cup races during 2012.
  • Qualify for the Commonwealth Games British Triathlon squad in 2014 Glasgow
  • Qualify for the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro
  • Ultimately to become the Triathlon World Champion

Funding Needs

The training demands to develop into a top level senior (23-28 hours a week), mean that full time work is difficult to accommodate. At a junior level, the lack of serious prize money, funding levels from governing bodies being geared to senior athletes and a need to live away from home, to train with the best, make self funding a real challenge. I am to live in Leeds from Oct-June 2010/11, to allow me to train with the Brownlee brothers (the world most talented) as well as an exceptional elite group that train there

What would really help me is some funding support towards my rent in Leeds, which is by far my biggest funding challenge. Anything that Vcars can do to help me with the accommodation costs (@£500 a month for 8 months), would be very much appreciated.


Dawn Hunt

I am 400m runner and run to an international level,  being part of the Great Britain  4 x 400m relay squad in the 2009 European indoor championships and the 2010 World indoor championships.  I train 6 days a week at Lee valley arena, sometimes twice a day and fit this around a part time job as a physiotherapist.  I have recently made the decision to move house to be closer to Lee valley, as well as dropping my working hours to allow me to focus on my training.  This has all required a large level of commitment.

 sponsorship money has been invaluable to me, as being a totally self funded athlete I gain no medical support, or assistance with travel costs, which are both large expenses when training and competing at this level.   The money has therefore gone towards costs of gaining regular treatment to prevent and manage any injuries.  I would also use the money towards the cost of warm weather training trips.  This has given me the opportunity to train in the correct environments with other high level athletes which is integral when trying to reach my full potential as an athlete.

Darren St Clair / Runner -Athletics

Email Address: darren_mj_stclair@hotmail.com
Number: 07793276194

Sport: Athletics
Event: 800m and 400m (all information can be found on the power of 10 website at (www.thepowerof10.info)
Personal best: 1.45.74 – 800m, 46.17 – 400m
Coach: Wynn Gmitroski

Personal Achievements

* U15 English Schools Championships 2nd place – 800m (1999)
* U15 South of England Championships 1st place – 800m (1999)
* U17 English Schools 2nd place – 800m (2001)
* U17 South of England Championships 1st place – 800m (2001)
* Senior English Schools Championships 3rd place – 800m (2003)
* U20 AAA National Championships 2nd place – 800m (2003)
* European Junior Championships 4th heat – 800m (2003)
* U23 AAA National Championships 3rd place – 800m (2006)
* U23 AAA National Championships 2nd place – 800m (2007)
* European U23 Championships 4th place Final – 800m (2007)
* Senior AAA Championships 4th place – 800m (2007)
* Senior AAA National Championships 3rd place – 800m (2010)
* Senior English National Championships 1st place – 800m
* Commonwealth Games Delhi 800m and 4x400m relay – 2010 (not yet competed in)

I started running from the age of 11 where I joined Enfield and Haringey AC where I was coached by Malcolm Blackmore. Whilst with Malcolm I obtained medals at county and national level with my greatest achievement coming 2nd at the National championships in 2003 as a junior and qualifying for the European Junior championships where I placed 4th in my heat.

From the age of 19 to 21 I attended St Mary’s College University where I studied Sports Science with Health, Nutrition and Exercise which I obtained a 2:2 Degree. In this period I lowered my personal best in the 800m to 1 minute 48 seconds.

After university I decided to work part time at my local running store (Sweatshop) which allowed me to pursue my dream to represent Great Britain at the Worlds and Olympics and become a professional athlete. From this I came 2nd at the AAA national U23 championships and qualified for the European U23 Championships in Hungary where I narrowly missed out on a medal finishing 4th by less than .2 of a second.

After a disappointing 2008 season missing out on the Beijing Olympics I decided to switch coaches once more to my current coach Wynn Gmitroski to live and train in America for part of the year. I decided to move to Wynn as he is renowned as one of the best middle distance coaches in the world and has coached several international athletes such as Gary Reed (2007 World silver medalist and 2008 Beijing 4th placer in the 800m), Angela Chalmers (Olympic and World medalist) and Diane Cummins (Commonwealth Games medalist and World Championships 5th placer).

Since moving to Wynn my personal Bests in the 400m and 800m have substantially improved to 1.45.74 in the 800m and 46.17 in the 400m. I am currently ranked 2nd in the UK for 800m as well as being ranked 33rd in the World Rankings currently in 2010.

In addition to this I have successfully qualified for this year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi where I will represent England in the 800m and 4x400m relay. Moreover in my first Diamond League race in Crystal Palace this year I recorded my current personal best and finished 4th beating Michael Rimmer (Current UK NO.1 and European silver medalist), Alfred Kirwa Yego (2007 world champion and 2008 bronze medalist), Jackson Kivuna (Personal Best 1.43 this year) and Abraham Kiplagat (1.43 this year).

My Goals for next year will definitely be the World Championships in Korea where the qualifying standard for these championships will be 1.45.40 seconds to be automatically guaranteed selection and 1.46.60 for the B standard.

Funding Benefits

Currently I am still funding myself and have to work and train in order to pay for warm weather training trips and altitude training camps throughout the year. Funding and sponsorship has given me benefit, as I am right on the verge of becoming world class. I have shown this by improving my personal best every year for the last 4 years and qualifying for the commonwealth games in Delhi, where I have a chance of a medal in the 800 and 4x400m relay.  In addition it has allowed me to go over to America to spend more time with my coach and training group which would benefit me hugely, as when I am in London I have to train by myself and work in order to keep myself going.

Currently the only funding I receive is from my local club Enfield and Haringey AC which the kindly donated 800 pounds towards training fees and from Sports Aid who donated 1000 pounds this year to help towards training cost (But this stops next year as they do not give funding to athletes over 24). In addition I currently have an Asics kit deal whereby I receive clothing and footwear from them which helps massively.

However training and living abroad is hugely expensive and the current funding I do receive does not cover the majority of the costs for warm weather and altitude training camps to the USA and thus working part time is the only way to save and travel abroad but all funding helps in my pursuit to compete at the World Championships in 2011 and the Olympics in 2012.

Ed Shepherd / Junior under 17 Runner

75   White Post Field



Cm21 Oby

Name – Ed Shepherd

Date of birth – 8/12/1993

Age- 16

Club – Herts Phoenix ac and Enfield and Haringey ac

Phone number – 01279 600117 /07874849276

Email – ajce_shepherd@yahoo.co.uk

Occupation – Student at the bishops Stortford high school,

Events – 1500M-10KM and Cross Country

Education- currently studying A-levels in psychology, Biology, Geography and Pe

Personal best’s – 1500m- 4, 09 3000m- 9 17 10km 33, 51

. I am now a under 17 athlete, and first became interested in athletics at the age of 10, where after winning a charity fun run, my dad entered me into the county cross country race for u11’s. Because I already trained for swimming three times a week I without realising it was quite fit, and won the county champs and schools without any running training. After this I decided to join herts phoenix ac, my local club, so I could see what training was like and if I enjoyed it.

The following year in 2007  I finished the season ranked 8th in England, at 1500m and came 7th in the national cross country at Sunderland, and 2nd in the south of England inter counties. This year I finished the season ranked 7th at 10km on the road and as the east of England 3km champion, At the moment I train 5 times a week, with Ayo Falola and Peter Scott at weekends and at the local track during the week, and Currently I am training for the new cross country season where I am targeting to compete in the English schools champs, the national champs and the inter counties and would also like to compete in the UK cross challenge which is spread across the country, because I am studying A-levels and training at the same time I am struggling to find time to get a part time job on top of my training, and whilst my mum and dad are great at taxing me around, in order to compete in races across the country week in week out any financial support would be greatly received.

Ben Nagy / Runner

My name is Ben Nagy, I’m 20 years old and studying Sports and Exercise science at Bath University after achieving 3 A’s at a level. I am former national and southern u20 champion (2009) and current BUCS universities champion at 3000m steeplechase. I am ultimately training towards the Olympics, but in the shorter team, being selected for the Great Britain under 23 teams for the European cross country and World junior champs. and have improved my performances greatly over the last few years due to stepping up my training. In the last year alone I have taken 10seconds off my 3000m steeplechase pb, 5 seconds off my 1500m pb and 3 seconds off my 800 pb. I have also set 3000m and 5000m pbs this season, clearly outlining my intent to improve and be my best.
Over the last year I drastically improved and expanded my training schedule, increasing the amount of time, effort and money I spend on athletics. I also recently started occasionally training twice a day.
I currently receive very little funding or sponsorship. My university gave me free entry to the gym last year but no financial aid. I had never received any sponsorship support until recently when I applied to a charity called Sports Aid. After hearing of my recent successes they decided to award me with a grant of £1000. This has helped greatly with getting around and driving to training, getting to competitions and buying some new kit to improve my training.VCARS.CO.UK has helped me on further.

Funding Needs

Receiving funding has allowed me to continue with my rigorous training schedule and even expand it, without having to be concerned for how much it is costing and whether I can afford it. This includes travel to and from training, getting around to competitions which can be nationwide, getting new cross country and track spikes when they are needed and other training clothing and shoes.

Track Spikes

Winter Cross Country Spikes

Travel Expenses credit to be paid on receipts and proof of event