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Girls net sports grant to go on tour

Two teams from a Colchester football club bagged the top awards at a youth football tournament, with a little help from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 11 May 2017 12:00 AM

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Thanks to fundraising – including a £250 Team Sports Award from the company, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East, - Layer Colts U12s girls were able to field two teams at the football tournament in Great Yarmouth.

They returned triumphant with Layer Colts B winning the U12s category, and Layer Colts A runners-up and getting the sportsmanship award.

UK Power Networks donated the money from its Team Sports Award programme following an application from press officer Jenny Chapman, whose daughter Charlotte plays for the team.

Jenny, who helped look after the girls over the May Day bank holiday weekend, said: “Girls football is really on the up and we’re really grateful for the grant from UK Power Networks and the other money raised as it meant the girls had a chance to play teams from other areas as well as enjoy a great bonding experience.”

Layer Colts U12s girls’ manager Charlene Revill added: "It is fantastic to watch girls football go from strength to strength showing just how much potential girls football has.

“We thank UK Power Networks for their support of funding towards the football tour, where both of our girls U12's teams played with their heart and soul resulting in the 'B Team' winning the competition and the 'A Team' runners-up and winning the sportsmanship award."

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 £15,500 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.