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Back of the net for Clapham Colts

Youngsters at a Bedfordshire village football club hope to win more matches now that they have new goals thanks to a Team Sport Award from the country’s largest electricity distributor.

From Press releases - 28 January 2019 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks has given £250 to the Clapham Colts Football Club so they could purchase much-needed new goals for the seven-a-side teams. The club has been going 25 years and coached hundreds of youngsters in that time. It now has its second generation of village children playing for the teams.

The club was started in Clapham for eight – 11 year olds 25 years ago by Tony Guiry and his wife Ann so that their sons, and their friends in the village, could enjoy football. Many former members now have their own children playing and there are a number of teams for boys and girls aged five to 15. Tony’s grandson plays for the Under 10s.

Tony is based in Bedford for UK Power Networks, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across the East of England, London and the South East. He still referees matches and applied for the grant through his employers.

A delighted Tony said: “I am extremely pleased as our old goals had seen better days. The award scheme is excellent as all local clubs need help purchasing modern equipment to allow kids to play in a safe environment.”

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and the development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year £18,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.