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Sturry boys sport smart new kit

Boys at Sturry Kings Football Club are sporting new tracksuit tops following a sports grant.

From News & press - 4 May 2021 12:00 AM

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Team coach, Justin Straffon, applied for a £250 Team Sports Award from his employer, UK Power Networks, for the new kit to keep his under-11s side warm during cold weather.

The players were given the tracksuits to use at home during the national lockdown.

Justin, a cable jointer who helps to keep power flowing to local homes and businesses, has coached the team for five years. His son, Tylar, who is 11, plays for the squad.

This is about the fifth Team Sport Award that Justin has secured for the team over several years.

He said: “It is good to have them looking the part and the tracksuits will keep them warm. The club relies on subscriptions to cover the costs of our pitch hire, referee fees and equipment. We are a small club, so it is a struggle and every little bit of money is a big help.

“They are an awesome team and I do feel proud watching them play. It is nice to see them enjoying themselves and it is all about community spirit. They all go to the local school, they started playing when they were six and they live in the same part of Sturry. They are friends outside the club and go for kickabouts around the estate. The parents go camping together.”

The team normally trains on Wednesday at St Edmund’s School, Canterbury, and plays home matches in the East Kent Youth League on Sundays at Spires Academy School in Canterbury. Play recently resumed following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

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 benefitted from a share in £15,500.