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Every cloud has a (waterproof) silver lining for Luton Town Ladies FC U14s

A football team can now look forward to training in all weathers after getting financial help from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 16 December 2013 12:00 AM

A football team can now look forward to training in all weathers after getting financial help from UK Power Networks.

The Luton Town Ladies Football Club, (formerly known as Luton Town Belles) is splashing out on some wet weather gear with the £250 donated by the company as part of the Team Sports Award programme.

The scheme encourages UK Power Networks’ employees to nominate deserving local sports and community groups, to which they are connected, for financial aid. In this case it was Luton-based field staff supervisor Jeff Stewart who successfully nominated the club.

Jeff, like all the others connected with Luton Town Ladies FC volunteers his time to help in all aspects of running the club – everything from coaching and running the line during matches to putting up the goals and acting as a match delegate.

He said: “It’s a great club and I love being connected with it. It’s a dedicated non-profit making organisation and we promote ‘access for all’ in two underprivileged parts of town.

“We’ve achieved a lot since we formed in 1997 including winning more than 75 league and cup titles.

“Two of our players have gone on to become England internationals and we secured promotion to the Women’s Premier League in 2008 just eight seasons after we formed out first senior team.”

Club secretary and founder Dave Baker said “Our club is nonprofit making so any additional funding always makes a huge difference as we strive to provide our girls with the best facilities and kit that we can within our means.

“This extra funding will provide extra floodlit training and the girls will hopefully now be protected from the wind, rain and snow with their new jackets. We are all delighted and want to express our sincere thanks to UK Power Networks".

The junior teams play at Lancaster Avenue in Luton and the U14 team play in the Herts Girls Football Partnership League. The club has been recognised for its community work and picked up the National Charter Standard Club of the Year award.