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Training goes up a gear for Suffolk youth football team

Youngsters at a Suffolk football club will be working extra hard between matches with new training equipment thanks to a cash award from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 17 December 2013 12:00 AM

Youngsters at a Suffolk football club will be working extra hard between matches with new training equipment thanks to a cash award from UK Power Networks. 

The power distribution company donated £250 to Martlesham Youth Football Club after being nominated by Andy Allen, an employee who applied through the company’s Team Sports Award scheme.  The company invites workers to nominate clubs, community organisations and sports groups they are involved with for the cash award.

Andy, who has worked in the power distribution industry in London and East Anglia for more than 35 years, has been a keen youth football coach for almost ten. He says the the equipment will be used to buy new training equipment for the under-16 squad. “As the boys get older, training requirements change; more focus has to be put on fitness and agility training,” said Andy.

He added: “This grant will help us by providing training poles, ladders, hurdles and so forth which will be very useful in giving the team the best type of conditioning between matches.”

Martlesham Youth FC play competitive football at all age groups, from under-7s to right up to the under-16s. Martlesham was home to the RAF for many years and the names of the teams reflect this, calling themselves after famous aircraft such as Spitfires and Tornadoes.

They also have an annual exchange with a French Club called Martigne Braid; each year they take turns to visit each other for tournaments.

Under-16s manager Luke Durrant said: “I would like to thank UK Power Networks for their generous award, it has made a real difference to the quality and content of our training sessions.”

Andy works as an engineer in the company’s office in Fore Hamlet, Ipswich after leaving London 12 years ago where he was working as a field engineer. He is married with two children and lives in Kesgrave.