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Funding kickstarts new football team for village youngsters

Youngsters in a Cambridgeshire village have used funding from a local power company to kickstart the formation of a new under-10s football team.

From News & press - 29 July 2021 12:00 AM

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Doddington Football Club has secured a £250 Team Sports award from UK Power Networks, who distribute electricity across the East of England, to help set up the side which is now up and running.

Scott Johnson, who works as an engineer for the company based at Waterbeach, applied for funding and is coaching a squad that includes his own son, Tyler.

The formation of the team will benefit the local community who previously had to travel outside the village if they wanted to be involved in grassroots football.

Scott said: “I started coaching my son’s football team two years ago, during this time the pandemic led to the cancellation of grassroots football. Being only eight years old then Tyler did not see the bigger picture, he just wanted to be able to play football with his friends. 

“Football is a passion we both share; in our village we do not have a youth football club. We were travelling to a surrounding town to play. Other parents and I have come together to register a local village team and we are now training and playing matches.

“Having played and coached local football, I understood that not everyone’s situation allows them to travel out of area to play. By doing this we hope to share our passion with other children in the village and bring a much needed ‘lift’ after a long and confusing time without football.

“The money we received from UK Power Networks has been a big help in setting up this new and exciting village team. It will allow us to purchase the required training equipment and to develop further what is already an exciting prospect for local children.”

The Team Sports Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks 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. During 2020, more than 60 teams benefitted to a combined sum of £15,500.