teenager from Doncaster who is a future star of British Cycling has been accepted onto a prestigious athletes’ support scheme in the town.

Nathan Wood (14), from Balby, who travels the world BMX racing and has recently won a major national title, has been enrolled onto Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust’s Talented Athlete Support Scheme (TASS).

The scheme was introduced by Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT) in 2012 in a bid to support local athletes who represent Great Britain at national or international level by providing free access to the Trust’s facilities.

X x said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to help Nathan who is an incredible talent and were more than thrilled to enrol him on to our athlete support scheme. We hope we can play our part to help Nathan achieve his BMX dreams.

“It is important we support local, home-grown sporting talent who can fly the flag for Doncaster and we are really looking forward to seeing how far Nathan can go.”

Nathan, who attends Sir Thomas Wharton Community College, said: “I began BMX racing in 2009 and I really enjoy it – it has taken me all over the world. This year I won the National Series for Male 15 year olds which is a series of races throughout the UK organised by British Cycling.

“I have also attended several European meetings in France, Holland and Belgium and am currently European number two. I attended the worlds in Belgium and become world number six on my 24 inch wheel cruiser bike and just missed out on 20 inch wheel BMX.

“It’s a really exciting time because I am also on the Olympic development Apprentice Programme with British Cycling and train in Manchester every two weeks with my coach at the National Cycling Centre so to be accepted on TASS at home in Doncaster is incredible. It means I have access to the top quality facilities at DCLT while I am at home which will really help me with my training especially through the winter months.

“It’s great to have the support of the people of Doncaster as I look to achieve my aspirations in BMX racing.”

For more information about DCLT’s Talented Athlete Support Scheme, visit: www.dclt.co.uk