JUNIOR FOOTBALL: SOLIHULL'S rising football star Chloe Dale says her selection for the Lloyds TSB's Local Heroes scheme is already enhancing her dream of teaming up with Arsenal star Kelly Smith at London 2012.
The 14-year-old Langley Secondary School pupil is one of 250 emerging Brits that will receive £1,000 each year in the run up to London 2012- plugging a financial gap as Dale is yet to achieve World Class lottery funding.
The Aston Villa u14s star will also benefit from the experience of Lloyds TSB local hero mentors including former Olympic triple-jump champion Jonathan Edwards.
Despite not sending a football side to Beijing, Team GB finished fourth on the medal table with 19 golds, their most successful Games in a century, and Dale is hopeful a Smith-led side could continue the medal rush at London 2012.
"It's a really exciting time to be playing and if I could be part of a team for 2012 it would be amazing," she said.
"I'm sure we'd have plenty of support and hopefully I would be playing with some great players like Kelly Smith and Rachel Unitt," the teenager added.
"The money has helped a great deal. It has come in really useful for buying kit and paying for travel to training and matches.
"I have also bought some new boots and I've enjoyed playing in them for the first time.
"It's been a great year - we had lots of success with the club and I really enjoyed being involved with England."
Lloyds TSB is providing up to £1,000 to 250 emerging young sportspeople identified each year across Britain, in the run up to London 2012 and beyond.
For more information visit www.Lloydstsb.com/Localheroes. n ROB Bishop has been snapped up by Cheltenham Town u15s after a successful trial at the Gloucestershire side.
The Highgate United u16 star is only 14 years old but has played in defence in the Midland Junior Premier Football League for two years.
Manager Mike Pitt hailed the achievement of the right back.
Highgate's u16s travel to Newport on Saturday for their first league outing and their opening home game is the following Saturday against Hinckley at the Coppice.