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Acle footballers equipped ready for return

Youngsters at a Norfolk village football club will have new equipment waiting for them when they return to action after a funding boost from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 8 April 2020 12:00 AM


Acle United FC has suspended all matches and training during the coronavirus outbreak, but when play can resume they will be able to spend a £250 grant from the power company which delivers electricity across the East of England.


Employee Adam Munford who works as a transport engineer in the company’s Trowse office, but is currently working from home, applied for the award which will be spent on new kit and additional training equipment.


His 10-year-old son, William, plays for the club’s under-10s team, who will next season become the Under-11s which with bigger pitch sizes means new goals and other equipment will need upgrading.


Adam, who helps out with his son’s team’s coaching at Acle, said: “This is a difficult time for everybody and myself and William are missing football badly.


“We do a bit in the garden, but you can only fire the ball against the neighbour’s fence for so long, we’re both desperate to get back playing as soon as it’s safe to do so.


“The club is really grateful for this money, the extra funds are a great boost to bolster our supplies of equipment, such as nets, as we move from seven-a-side to nine-a-side on bigger pitches next season.


“I used to play for the club myself and it’s been great to see William get involved in developing himself as a player, we also go and watch Norwich City FC together so it’s a big part of our lives.”


The Team Sport 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. Last year over 70 teams benefitted to a combined sum of more than £18,000.