When the dream fades – how one Tottenham Hotspur and England youngster dealt with disappointment

It was World Mental Health Day in early October and one area where individuals often suffer is in the world of elite sport. 

Ben Bowditch had a sparkling career ahead of him after starring at youth level for Tottenham Hotspur and England but injuries curtailed his career before it had really begun.

“From 11-17 years old I was living ‘The Dream’ after signing for my boyhood club Tottenham Hotspur, further going on to play for England Schoolboys up to U20.

“Whilst travelling with the England youth teams, I was lucky enough to visit many beautiful parts of the world. I was unaware at the time, but the experiences that I gained from these trips were to be priceless. They have helped mould me into the person I am today, with one of my biggest achievements leading my country in the U20 World Cup…..”

Ever fancied owning a racehorse?

Horse Racing is an immensely popular sport in the UK. The thrill of watching your favourite horse or jockey, the buzz of following a trainer or cheering on an outsider just because you love their colours grips people of all ages and from all walks of life.  

Horse racing is known as the ‘Sport of Kings‘, but the appeal goes so far beyond that elite group.

Race meetings generate great interest throughout the country, yet the sport offers so much more than simply cheering from the sidelines.

Owning a racehorse can be one of the most exciting pastimes, providing you with the feeling of being at close quarters with your horses, letting you experience the highs and lows of race days, experience the behind the scenes activity usually out of reach and allowing you to become an integral part of the team.

At Crowd Racing, we aim to make horse ownership accessible for everyone, whatever their budget. We provide opportunities for our members to have the complete experience of an owner.

Funding review gives Adcocks a boost with Tokyo 2020 in their sights

When badminton lost its appeal against the UK Sport funding cuts for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Chris and Gabby Adcock’s dream of winning an Olympic medal looked to be over.  

Funding for the governing body was cut from £5.7m for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games to nothing at all for Tokyo.

Fast forward almost two years, however, and the dynamic duo have retained their Commonwealth Games title on the Gold Coast, as well as won back-to-back European Championship gold medals.

To top off their triumphs on the court, following a review by UK Sport, the funding decision was reversed earlier this year and will assist up to eight athletes in their bid for Tokyo success.

What does the funding decision mean for the two of them and how has it impacted Badminton England and the squad as a whole?

Kaepernick’s ‘sacrifice’ campaign ensures his place in history

When Barack Obama became President of the United States in 2009, it felt like a watershed moment for the country.

After a history of slavery, civil rights abuses and race riots, Obama’s inauguration was meant to see the U.S. transformed into a nation of integration, establishing it as the land of equal opportunity and the free that it had always positioned itself as being.

And yet President Obama’s departure has seen civil unrest grow, talk of walls being built and children separated from parents in a crackdown on illegal immigrants.

Is it any wonder, then, that Colin Kaepernick the former San Francisco 49ers quarter-back, refused to stand for the national anthem in 2016, prompting a national debate about freedom of speech, civil rights and the state of the nation and putting himself at the centre of a national storm of controversy?

Can Ben Stokes restore his reputation after brawl scandal?

There’s no doubt that Ben Stokes is one of the best cricketers in England right now.

He’s been compared to Sir Ian Botham and Andrew Flintoff because of his skill with bat and ball and the ability to change matches, battling to win games with passion and commitment.

But Stokes' reputation has taken a battering after he was filmed having a fight at a Bristol nightclub last year just hours after a match and the images of the fight, of bruised faces and his arrest all brought him and, more importantly, cricket, into disrepute.