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Ron Pickering Memorial Fund

Ron Pickering Memorial Fund

Who we are

The Ron Pickering Memorial Fund (RPMF) raises funds to help young aspring athletes reach their true potential.

The RPMF helps recipients make the difficult transition from junior to senior level through support for equipment, specialist coaching or travel and importnantly helps build the athletes' confidence and self esteem through recognition.

The fund has raised and awarded over £2.0 million in small but significant grants to over 3,000 talented young British athletes, including all of the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic athletics medallists.

The majority of the British athletics team in the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympics had at some stage in their careers received support from the fund.

"Sport is the most precious

commodity we have to hand on

to the next generation"

Ron Pickering OBE

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Ron Pickering, OBE, was one of British sport's great visionaries.  He was a former Physical Education teacher and national athletics coach, training Lynn Davies to Tokyo Olympic long jump gold.  Ron is best remembered as the voice of athletics during his 25 years spent commentating alongside David Coleman for the BBC and iconic programmes such as Superstars.

When Ron unexpectedly died in 1991, his wife Jean, herself an Olympic medallist from the 1952 Helsinki games, and children Kim and Shaun set up the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund to help aspiring young athletes fulfil their potential.

Sadly, Jean passed away in March 2013 but the Fund continues her legacy by supporting the next generation of Olympic champion.


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19 Walsingham Road,


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