A SINGLE mum from Bestwood Village has launched a heartfelt appeal for sponsorship to help her six-year-old son realise his potential as an ice-hockey star of the future.
Owen Betteley-Davis has been skating only since last December.
But he has so impressed watching scouts that he has been snapped up as the youngest member of the Sherwood Sabres Under-10s team, which is part of the junior set-up for the Nottingham Panthers outfit.
However the costs of enabling Owen to play ice hockey runs to an estimated £1,500 a year.
And for his mum, Jayne, the bills are starting to prey heavily on her mind.
“I am very proud of what Owen has achieved so far,” said Jayne, of Coronation Road.
“But his father and I have separated and I am having to bring up Owen and his brother, Lewis (12), on a tight budget.
“We would be extremely grateful if any businesses or individuals would be willing to come forward and offer us some support in return for sponsorship.”
Jayne has managed to set Owen up with the necessary protective gear, stick and skates for £175 by trawling for bargain second-hand items.
But the youngster, who goes to Hawthorne Primary School in Bestwood Village, is growing all the time and will regularly need upgrades to his equipment.
He also has to pay a contribution towards travel for all the league and cup games he plays for the Sabres.
Added Jayne: “Owen has taken to the sport brilliantly and I want him to be able to continue his development and take it as far as he can.
“He absolutely loves it and I don’t want anything to jeopardise that.”
When Owen first started skating, he was picked as a potential ice dancer.
Because of his agility and flexibility, he was even offered a place on a very costly junior training programme, recognised as a breeding ground for Olympic Games stars of the future.
He loved the training on the ice but didn’t take to the work in the dance studio, saying that side of the discipline was “too girly”!
He was then attracted to ice hockey, and coaches were particularly impressed with his ability to skate backwards.
After two six-week blocks of training sessions, he was thrown straight into the deep end with Sabres.
Anyone or any business who would like to help Owen and his mum can call Jayne on 07973528046 or 0115 9771455.