ServicesPower Cuts.Help

News & press

Follow us

Twitter Icon Facebook Iconfbmessanger

Instagram Icon linkedIn Icon YouTube Icon

Football club’s growing demand for new kit met by sports grant

Players at Ashford Town Football Club in Stanwell are sizing up a sports grant from UK Power Networks to help buy new kit for a growing team.

From News & press - 7 April 2021 12:00 AM

Photo Border

The promising cup winners were outgrowing their kit before coach, Callum Redhead, nominated them for his employer’s £250 Team Sport Award.

Callum, who works in the groundworks team at UK Power Networks, said: “The grant will go towards extra training equipment and kit. They are growing kids and some have out-grown their current kit, plus we need new footballs. Training equipment isn’t cheap so it’s nice to get the company’s support.”

The under-10s meet for training Thursday and matches Sunday at Ashford Town Football Club in Short Lane, Stanwell. The team won a cup final in September.

Callum said: “They absolutely love playing for the club and we could not ask for better parents, they have become friends. The kids are so disappointed when they can’t play, they miss it big time.

“They had their first game on Sunday and it was hard work for them, because they are unfit, but they are really glad to be back.”

Callum volunteered as a coach nearly four years ago when his brother needed help taking a team to a tournament. The team won which gave Callum such a buzz he decided to launch a new team, which has progressed from division eight to three in West Surrey Youth League.

The Team Sport Award scheme is run by UK Power Networks to encourage staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and developing sports opportunities. In the last year more than 60 local sports teams connected to UK Power Networks’ staff benefitted from a share in £15,500.