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Faversham footballers net cash award

A football manager in Faversham has won a grant from UK Power Networks for his club.

From Press releases - 21 January 2016 12:00 AM

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A football manager in Faversham has won a grant from UK Power Networks for his club.

Graham Hampton nominated The Bull Football Club for his employer’s Team Sport Award scheme and was awarded £250 for match balls and running costs at the club for essentials.

He manages an over-16s team of 30 men who play each Saturday in the Canterbury and District League at Faversham Recreation Ground, Park Road, before retiring to The Bull pub to talk tactics.

Graham lives in Faversham and works at Canterbury with the teams that repair or connect underground electricity cables. He said: “I was really chuffed about the award because without help clubs like ours couldn’t survive. It’s the team bonding people love most, the banter.

“I’m 43 and have played football all my life. I have met so many friends by playing the sport and I’ve felt choked sometimes seeing the impact it has on our players. It’s a great sport for bringing people together and getting them out of their shell.”

The team was formed two years ago from Faversham Harlequins which won the Weald of Kent Cup. New players are welcome and are urged to get in touch via Facebook.

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity supplies in the South East, including Kent, runs the Team Sport Award scheme to encourage staff to volunteer in the community. The scheme also promotes healthy living, teamwork and sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year nearly £13,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.