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Leading soccer team score new kit

Artois United Football Club in Tonbridge is ending the season on a high after scooping a £250 sports grant from electricity provider UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 16 April 2015 12:00 AM

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Artois United Football Club in Tonbridge is ending the season on a high after scooping a £250 sports grant from electricity provider UK Power Networks.

Power connections engineer, Ian Trim, from Maidstone, applied for the cash to buy new kit for his fellow players through his employer’s Team Sport Award initiative.

Ian, 30, who works for the company that delivers electricity supplies in the South East, including Kent,  said: “It was really good news and I just couldn’t wait to tell people at the club. It may not be a huge amount of money to some, but it goes a long way. They were overwhelmed when they heard the news. We don’t have any source of income apart from the players and fund-raising. New kit doesn’t come cheap, so this money will be used for that.”

Ian’s team plays in the first division of the West Kent Sunday Football League and currently tops the table. The club was founded in the sixties by a group of friends meeting in a pub where Stella Artois was sold. After a trip to Belgium to ask permission to use the name, the brewery agreed and the team became one of the most successful in Kent during the 1970s and 80s.

“I’ve played football since I was 15 and was introduced to this club by a friend three years ago. They have a long and successful history and I really enjoy playing for them. There’s a friendly social side to the club and they’re competitive in the league, where we are currently on course to be runners-up this year.”

The club welcomes players from the age of 16 onwards and has an Over 35’s team. They train at Mascalls School, in Paddock Wood, on Tuesday night between 8-9pm.

UK Power Networks runs the Team Sport Award scheme to promote sport, teamwork and volunteering. Hundreds of groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year £11,250 was donated to sports groups connected to UK Power Networks’ staff.