The history of the Giles Family at Ringwood and the Foster family at Great Preston Cricket Clubs led to the establishment of the Giles Foster Scholarship (GFS).
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 leadership role that the international exchange will offer the recipients that Cathie and Stuart believe is an equally important benefit of the GFS.
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 was named as the 2019 recipient. Bowler Clayton Henderson was awarded the GFS for 2020.
In 2022, the GFS announced a five-year initiative that provides a new playing kit to every girl who signs up at Great Preston.
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 SpArc Foundation 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 SpArc Foundation Success