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Cash boost means new kit for town’s under 16s rugby players’

When Stowmarket under-16s rugby players go on a season-ending tour to Italy later this year they will be sporting new kit, thanks to UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 10 April 2014 12:00 AM

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When Stowmarket under-16s rugby players go on a season-ending tour to Italy later this year they will be sporting new kit, thanks to UK Power Networks.

The electricity distribution company has given the club a much-needed £250 grant as part of its Team Sport Award programme.

It donated the money following an application from employee Matt Frankland, a senior asset information analyst based in Bury St Edmunds, whose son Joshua, 15, plays for the club.

Matt, who lives in Ipswich and often helps drive the players to their fixtures along with other parents, said: “This may be the last year the team will be together before they make the step up to the Stowmarket Colts XV so, to celebrate what has been a positive season, they are planning a tour to Rimini in Italy before they move on.

“The team, with the help of the parents and coaches, are aiming to pay for the tour themselves and several fund-raising events have already taken place – including bag-packing at local supermarkets, cake stalls on match days, as well as social events at the clubhouse. The generous donation from UK Power Networks will help fund tour shirts and other items of tour kit for the team and will give each member a lasting memento from what is sure to be an amazing experience.”

Andrew Marshall, team manager of Stowmarket under-16s rugby team, said: “UK Power Networks’ funding towards the tour costs means everything in that it is through such tours that groups such as these really bond and lifelong friendships are formed which go beyond merely playing the game.

“They will be able to look back on this tour and remember the great times and experiences shared through their own efforts to raise funds but also through the generosity of individuals and companies such as UK Power Networks.”

The Team Sport Award scheme is designed to encourage staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year nearly £10,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.