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Award boost for girls’ football in Dartford

Kent Football United has welcomed a £250 award to help the girls’ game flourish.

From Press releases - 22 June 2020 12:00 AM

Dan Johnson, a project supervisor at UK Power Networks, nominated the semi-professional football club for his employer’s Team Sport Award out of admiration for the women’s game which his daughter, Layla, who is 12, now loves playing as a defender with the club.

He said: “It was great to receive the support for the club because there aren’t many solely girls’ football teams. The chairman released a statement wishing all the girls well during COVID-19 and asked if anyone would sponsor the club. Times are hard for social clubs and UK Power Networks is good at supporting their employees with sport and fitness. It all happened really fast.

“The money will go towards the general running of the club and will make a big difference. It’s nice that companies, big and small, are coming forward to help with the development of girls’ football. For years it was a male-dominated sport. 

“My daughter has fallen in love with football and it’s good there are clubs which are not just viewing it as a hobby and are training girls to pursue the sport, as players and coaches.”

The girls normally train at Glentworth Sports Club, in Dartford, on Wednesday nights and play competitively on Sundays. Training is expected to resume in the next few weeks, following the suspension of play during the pandemic.

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. So far this year, more than 70 local sports teams connected to UK Power Networks’ staff have benefitted.