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Young footballers warm up in style

The enthusiastic members of Claydon FC under-9s can’t wait for training on cold winter nights – at least not now they have a warm new training kit courtesy of UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 3 December 2013 12:00 AM

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The enthusiastic members of Claydon FC under-9s can’t wait for training on cold winter nights – at least not now they have a warm new training kit courtesy of UK Power Networks.

The power company has presented the club with £250 as part of its Team Sport Award scheme. The grant came after an application from employee Matt Frankland, who works in the asset management team at Bury St Edmunds.

Matt, who lives in Ipswich, said: “My son Noah and I have been involved with Claydon FC for three seasons with him currently playing in the under-9 age group. I help out on match days with the organisation of equipment and I referee both the A and B teams in all home fixtures. I also play for the Claydon veterans team who are part of the larger Claydon Football Club.“I have been working for UK Power Networks for less than a year so I was very pleased when I heard my application for the grant was successful.”

The club, based at the former Blue Circle site in the village of Claydon, is for youngsters from under seven to 18. It has about 250 members and at the end of each season they celebrate every child's contribution by holding a community day for all club members and residents. The fun-packed day of activities finishes with an awards presentation.

Hayley Kitchen, under-18s coach, said: “We are delighted to receive this money from UK Power Networks. It will be used towards training kit for the players in the under-9s’ team to keep them warm during winter training and to wear to matches.

“I know how important it is for the players to keep warm during the winter months at training, especially the younger ones, and to be able to provide them with a training top bearing the club badge means a lot to them as it enables them to all feel part of the club.”

UK Power Networks’ Team Sport Award scheme is designed to encourage staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year nearly £10,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.