Cameron, who are behind the major redevelopment of Erdington’s Rookery House into a housing scheme called The Birches, are providing a record-breaking £45,000 in sponsorship to boost handball provision for girls in central England.
The programme has been delivered into schools across the region in the last two years with great results, identifying several talented players such as Olivia, whilst engaging many others in the sport.
Now Cameron has presented Olivia, a pupil at Bishop Walsh Catholic College in Sutton Coldfield, with a cheque for £200 to help with her training expenses as she progresses her sports career.
“I was introduced to the Cameron programme two years ago and found handball to be really exciting and enjoyable,” she commented.
“I have received some fantastic coaching and now train three times a week in handball sessions and visit the gym a further three or four times.
“I was first selected for the GB squad in January and travelled to Portugal to play my first games and then to Dublin in April. There are a number of training camps planned for the year and I am really looking forward to playing at the highest level possible.
“It is a great game to participate in. I am so glad my school was part of the Cameron Homes initiative and the pathway they have set up in the Sutton Coldfield area and beyond for players to progress.
“As more schools become involved in the sport the standard will increase so I will have to keep working at my game to stay ahead and hope eventually to play league handball for a European team and GB ladies,” she said.
Danielle Goffe-Wood of Cameron Homes congratulated Olivia on her achievements and said that the firm would be following her progress closely.
“Our handball sponsorship programme is part of our commitment to engaging our communities in sport and so we are delighted by Olivia’s success – we wish her well in the future and hope that we identify others to follow in her footsteps,” she said.
The firm is providing a collection of 40 three and four-bedroom homes at The Birches and converting the 18th-century former Erdington Town Hall into 15 one and two bedroom apartments.