The Duke of York Sports Foundation

The Duke of York Sports Foundation is a registered charity established in 2004 to promote amateur sport for the benefit of young people and raise funds to support and facilitate:

          • The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy
          • Academic and Golf Scholarships


The Duke of York with 2007 prize winners

The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy has been organised by JSA Limited since the tournament’s inception in 2001 by HRH The Duke of York and John Simpson. The event continues to grow in stature and reputation internationally offering a unique opportunity for under 18 boy and girl champions from around the world to compete for the same trophy whilst experiencing the challenges of a top UK links course. Supported by the R & A and their national affiliated organisations, this event also endeavours to encourage the advancement of junior golf in both established and developing golfing countries.

Academic and Golf Scholarships have been awarded since September 2007 to provide under 18 boys and girls with the opportunity to receive a high standard of education whilst at the same time focusing on their golf and offer an alternative to studying and training in the USA.

Wellington College, Berkshire

Wellington College was chosen as the school that met all the criteria required to support both aspects of the scholarship. As one of the best co-educational independent schools in Britain, it offers the International Baccalaureate, a good standard 9-hole golf course and practice facility on site whilst being located near many excellent courses (including Wentworth and Sunningdale), coaches and major airports. Candidates must meet Wellington College’s academic standard, demonstrate a high level of golfing ability with clear signs of potential and are selected on a case by case basis.

Currently 10 scholarships have been awarded to Sam Williams, Murray Rose, Alexandra Peters, Edward Peters, Heidi Baek and Jordan Mann, all aged between 15 and 18 with handicaps ranging from 4 to +2. Last year Heidi won the US Junior Masters at TPC Sawgrass and Alexandra was selected to play for England at the Girls’ Home Internationals. Jordan is now studying at Harvard University on a full scholarship whilst Ed has started his scholarship at Purdue University (USA).

The Duke of York Sports Foundation last year expanded the programme to include Whitgift School, near London, and awarded a scholarship to 11 year old Aaron Landicho.

The Foundation’s goal is to award a total of 8-10 scholarships at any one time to individuals that would not otherwise have had such a unique opportunity.

HRH The Duke of York with Heidi and Jordan
HRH The Duke of York with Heidi and Jordan
Sam, Ed, Alex and Murray with the Master in Charge of Golf
Sam, Ed, Alex and Murray with the Master in Charge of Golf

Funds are raised through the generosity of companies and individuals at fund raising events such as the annual Swinley Forest Golf Day and the 2-day Sponsors’ Golf Tournament during The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy which this year takes place at Royal Troon, Ayrshire, Scotland and next year at Royal St. George’s, Sandwich, Kent.

For further information on the Scholarships click here

The Duke of York Sports Foundation Advisory Board Members are:
HRH The Duke of York, John Simpson, Stephen Ross, Lewine Mair, Raffy Manoukian, Tim van Delden, Tony Hill, Anthony Biggins and Amanda Thirsk