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Maidstone Cubs win a grant to ‘be prepared’ for sports

Cub Scouts in Maidstone have won a grant from UK Power Networks for sports equipment.

From Press releases - 22 January 2016 12:00 AM

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Cub Scouts in Maidstone have won a grant from UK Power Networks for sports equipment.

Paul Atkinson, parent and volunteer at St Michael and All Angels Scout Group, applied to his employer’s Team Sport Award scheme and was awarded £250 for sports tops, balls and cones.

The lead design engineer for electricity connections, who lives and works in Maidstone, was inspired to apply for a grant by his son Leo, eight, a member of the Cubs.

Paul said: “The leaders were thrilled with the grant because it will make a real difference. They don’t have a huge amount of money and subscriptions largely go on insurance, so any additional funds that they can use for activities are always welcome.

“2016 is the 50th anniversary of St Michael and All Angels Scout Group and we are also celebrating the centenary of the Cub Scout movement. We are hoping to get the children to design a special 50 year logo to print on the new sports tops to commemorate the anniversary.

“Leo loves the Cubs because it enables him to try out a really wide range of activities, sports and camping. They are always doing different things and there are a huge range of badges they can work on. I used to be a Scout myself so it’s a family tradition.”

The Cub Scouts meet on Thursdays from 6.30pm to 8pm in the Church Hall on St Michael’s Road, Maidstone.

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 award 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.