Following completion of his pharmacy degree, Stuart himself was selected as the overseas player for the Great Preston Cricket Club (GPCC) in Yorkshire in 1994 and again in 1997 – a life changing experience for him that Cathie and Stuart now wish to provide to other aspiring young cricket players.
The GFS provides funds to cover travel to and from the UK, a kick-starting sign on fee, and a tailored vocational experience matched to the recipient’s current and future career aspirations.
However, it is also the broader opportunity and the leadership role that the international exchange will offer the recipients, that is just as important a benefit of the GFS that Stuart and Cathie are just as excited about.
The inaugural GFS was awarded to Matthew King in 2015. Jackson Freeman who had played for the Ringwood Rams since he was 10 years old, was awarded the scholarship in 2016, and 18 year old Tom Humphries, a left arm pace bowler was named GFS in 2017. In 2018, off-spin bowler Jack Morrison was named the 4th Giles Foster Scholar, and all-rounder Tyson Freeman has been named as the 2019 recipient. With 2020 marking the sixth year of the Giles Foster Scholarship, bowler Clayton Henderson has been awarded the GFS for 2020.
Giles Foster Scholarship #6 Clayton Henderson named Giles Foster Scholar for 2020
Giles Foster Scholarship #5 Tyson Freeman Named Giles Foster Scholar for 2019
Giles Foster Scholarship #2 An Epic Good Success (October 26, 2016)
Freeman awarded cricket scholarship Pontefract and Castleford Express (December 13, 2015)
Giles Foster Scholarship Jackson Freeman named Giles Foster Scholar for 2016 (December 3, 2015)
Giles Foster Scholarship Tom Humphries named Giles Foster Scholar for 2017
Giles Foster Scholarship #2 an Epic Good Success