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Power workers help club kick start their season

A team of volunteers from UK Power Networks, the company that keeps London’s lights on, recently spent the day at Clapton FC as part of the clean-up operation to get their home ground, the Spotted Dog Stadium, ready for the new season.

From Press releases - 13 August 2015 12:00 AM

A team of volunteers from UK Power Networks, the company that keeps London’s lights on, recently spent the day at Clapton FC as part of the clean-up operation to get their home ground, the Spotted Dog Stadium, ready for the new season.

The team of jointers, led by Paul Edkins, spruced up the stadium by painting the changing rooms and dugouts, as well as clearing and levelling the ground behind the goal, and spent the whole day generally clearing and preparing the stadium for kick-off.

UK Power Networks gives staff two paid days a year to get involved in voluntary work across London and the South East, where it owns, maintains and operates the electricity network for 8.1 million homes and businesses. Last year employees spent more than 4,200 volunteering hours working with local charities and conservation groups, its biggest ever year of volunteering. It is also planning an Employee Volunteering Week for September 21-25.

Paul Edkins, Jointer at UK Power Networks, and the organiser of the day said:

“We really enjoyed our day at Clapton FC and it’s great that we were able to play our part in getting the club ready to host their first home game of the season at their historic old ground. It’s not just about football though, the club do a great deal for the local community and, as a company we really value partnerships like this that allow us to give something back to the communities we serve. Perhaps we even brought the team a little bit of luck as they went on to win their first home game.”

Vincent McBean, Chief Executive of Clapton Football club said:

"The volunteers sent by UK Power Networks ignited the club in raising the bar higher than was previously set. You don't usually hear much about the social contribution of a corporation, and the photos you see only tell one side of this happy story, however UK Power Networks has saved Clapton thousands of pounds in the work they completed for the club.

“This has enabled us to provide more to the young people of Newham. The goal now is to fund raise £395,000 to put a 4G Astra Turf on the Spotted Dog Ground which will provide even more saving for the club and provide much needed facility for more teams to play and train at the ground form the local community. So thank you to UK Power Networks and Paul for coordinating the event. This Saturday Clapton play in the FA Cup, please come and see the appreciation of your work.

“Clapton FC is an amateur football club in East London. Their long history includes winning the FA Cup five times, being the first British team to have a black professional football player, as well as the first to play in Europe and the first to play under floodlights.”