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Football club wins grant for green shoots

No more jumpers for goalposts for youngsters at a Luton football club - which has scored a “fantastic” cash boost.

From Press releases - 23 September 2016 12:00 AM

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No more jumpers for goalposts for youngsters at a Luton football club - which has scored a “fantastic” cash boost.

The under-10s team at Lewsey Park FC can now afford training sessions on an all-weather AstroTurf pitch with floodlighting during the winter months, thanks to a £250 donation from UK Power Networks.

The company keeps the lights on for eight million customers by delivering electricity in the South East, London and East Anglia, via a vast network of power lines and substations.

Club member Charles Oshunniyi, 34, applied for the cash via the company’s Team Sport Award scheme, where he works.

Charles, who lives in Dunstable, said the £250 will help make it more affordable for children to play for the team, which is based at Icknield Recreation Ground, in Icknield Way, and competes in the Chiltern Youth League.

He said: “The money will be a big help and it’s fantastic that the company has done this. The costs of playing for a football club can put off some families, so this grant should make it a bit more affordable.”

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, £13,000 was donated to sporting groups at which colleagues volunteer.

A new free phone number has been launched for power cut enquiries across the country. You can call 105 if you have a power cut, to get through to your local network operator which runs the cables and power lines delivering electricity to your area.