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Suffolk sports receive funding boost

Three Suffolk sports clubs are celebrating after each receiving a £250 grant from UK Power Networks, as part of its Team Sport Award Scheme.

From Press releases - 29 December 2016 12:00 AM

The Ipswich Storm Netball Club, Shotley Sailing Club and the Ipswich Wanderers Youth Football Club were nominated to receive the money by employees from the power company, Susan Townend, Paul Ross and Matthew Scrivener.

Susan, who is captain of the Ipswich Storm netball team, said: “I’ve been playing with the team for 10 years and this is the second time we have received this grant, we are so happy. The grant on this occasion has contributed to new hoodies and court hire to keep the cost of membership down for the ladies that are in the team. This is a great scheme which I believe has really helped out club to grow as last year we were able to start a second team.”

Ipswich Storm Netball Club has gone from strength-to-strength in its 20-year history. The 22-strong squad has had a very successful year with both teams gaining promotion in the South Suffolk Netball League.

Paul Ross a volunteer sailing instructor at Shotley Sailing Club, said: “I’ve been helping out at the club this season and it became apparent that the Optimist dinghy they had was out of use due to a broken sail, which meant the children didn’t have the opportunity to sail in it.

“Having previously received this grant for Holbrook Hornets FC I applied so that we could buy a new sail. We were all so happy and grateful to receive this money as it has really made a difference to the kids.”

The club is based on the River Stour on the Shotley peninsula and is currently raising the profile of its junior sailing to encourage as many of its younger members to get afloat.

Matthew Scrivener, a project engineer for UK Power Networks in Bury St Edmunds and assistant manager for the Ipswich Wanderers Under 13s football team, said: “Having worked with the team for the past four years, which my son Jamie plays for, I know how vital grants such as this are.

“The club has previously been awarded the Team Sports Award and the money went towards new kit and this time it contributed to new training jackets. This means they look extremely smart when representing the team on match days and keeps them warm during winter, we couldn’t be more grateful.”

Ipswich Wanderers Football Club has many teams, from semi- professional adult teams through to various youth teams ranging from Under 8s through to Under 18s.         

UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity supplies in Suffolk, runs the Team Sport Award scheme to encourage staff to volunteer in the community. The 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.