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Sheerness team celebrate awards hat-trick

A youth football team in Sheerness has notched up their third sports grant for new training kit.

From News & press - 9 June 2021 12:00 AM

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A youth football team in Sheerness has notched up their third sports grant for new training kit.

New Road Football Club has received its latest £250 Team Sport Award from UK Power Networks to fund bigger match balls, bibs, cones and poles to support training for the under-10s side.

Manager, Ashley Temple, applied for the funding as he works in the groundworks team for the electricity firm, where his role helps keep the local lights on. His son Connor plays for the team.

Ashley said: “This is the third grant that I’ve received for the club. It’s a privilege to receive the funding and we appreciate the company doing this for our community. 

“We are a community club and encourage kids of all ages and abilities to come to football, enjoy yourself and socialise, because it’s not just about football, they are learning life skills.

“We make it enjoyable for them because they are nine to ten and the main thing at that age is to have fun. We make sure training isn’t boring so they don’t get distracted. It doesn’t matter about the scoreline. As long as they come off the pitch smiling, we know they are enjoying themselves.”

The team trains Fridays in New Road, Sheerness, and play matches on Sundays in the Medway Messenger Youth League. Games kick off again in September, but the team is still playing friendly matches.

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 2020, more than 60 local sports teams connected to UK Power Networks’ staff benefited from a share in £15,500.