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Young athletes jump for joy thanks to grant

High jump training will be dramatically improved for the Junior Athletics Team at Folkestone Running Club, thanks to a £250 grant from UK Power Networks towards a new mat.

From Press releases - 1 December 2016 12:00 AM

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High jump training will be dramatically improved for the Junior Athletics Team at Folkestone Running Club, thanks to a £250 grant from UK Power Networks towards a new mat.

Robert Burke, senior project designer at UK Power Networks in Maidstone, has been a Junior Athletics Team coach for over four years, and nominated the group for the power company’s Team Sport Award Scheme.

He said: “This is the third time UK Power Networks has awarded the grant to our club and we are so grateful, as it has allowed us to buy new equipment to benefit our athletes.

“Currently we are very limited when it comes to training for the high jump, due to the lack of facilities in the area, so being able to purchase our own mat will allow our young athletes the chance to practice an event that they may have not tried.”

The Junior Athletics team trains for up to eight hours a week and compete regularly in local competitions and leagues. This year the team, made up of over 100 youngsters aged between four and 15, won the second division of the Kent Young Athletes League.
 
UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity supplies in Kent, 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.