Jackson one to watch in future

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SHEFFIELD trampoline ace Phil Jackson has been picked as a future British Olympian after being chosen to be part of the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes initiative.

The King Ecgbert’s School pupil will receive £1,000 towards competing and is one of only 264 youngsters selected from across England and Wales.

The 18-year-old Abbey Flyers Trampoline Club ace admits his recent recognition will be just the confidence boost he needs ahead of this month’s European Junior Championships in St Petersburg.

“I was pleased to find out I was on the scheme; I wasn’t expecting it,” said Jackson.

“It was a great boost to my confidence because it makes me feel like someone has seen what I’ve been doing and thinks I’ve done well. The funding will help a lot because I have to travel a lot to competitions.

n Lloyds TSB Local Heroes, in partnership with SportsAid, provides funding to 346 of Britain’s developing athletes on their journey to London 2012 and beyond. Since 2008, the programme has supported 1,000 athletes. Follow future stars at facebook.com/lloydstsblocalheroes