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Chigwell footballers have winter training wrapped up

Youngsters at an Essex football club will be better prepared for winter training thanks to a cash award from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 3 March 2014 12:00 AM

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Youngsters at an Essex football club will be better prepared for winter training thanks to a cash award from UK Power Networks.

The money will be used to buy new warm weather kit for the players at Chigwell Boys FC after one of their coaches, who works for the company, applied for the grant.

Mick Whelan, an engineer based in London, has been connected with the club for more than ten years. As an employee of UK Power Networks he is eligible to apply for a grant of £250 under the company’s Team Sport Award programme.

He started helping out at the club before taking his coaching badges and now coaches an under-sevens’ team. He said: “They are doing really well, wining most games and scoring lots of goals. More importantly they are enjoying their football.

“Coaching the youngsters is certainly different to working with the older kids but it is great fun and very rewarding.”

The club, which was formed in 1969, ses pitches at Chigwell High School and has ten teams ranging from Mick’s under-sevens to under-18s. It recently gained FA Chartered status – a quality standard that means all its coaches are trained to a minimum standard.

Club chairman Mark Conley said: “Chigwell Boys FC are very grateful to UK Power Networks for this generous monetary award.

“We are a non-profit-making organisation with all the money received used to improve the playing experience for local children. We are a friendly club which looks to develop players so they come to enjoy the game at all levels.”

UK Power Networks’ 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.