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‘Bulls’ charge ahead in the league backed by new sport award

A Faversham football squad enjoying an unbeaten run in the league is also celebrating a £250 sport award from Britain’s biggest electricity distributor.

From Press releases - 21 January 2019 12:00 AM

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The Bull Football Club won the cash from UK Power Networks’ team sport award scheme after it was nominated by an employee, Graham Hampton, who volunteers in his free time as a manager, secretary and treasurer at the club.

Graham’s latest award win is being spent on a new first aid kit and match balls and it represents the fourth award he has won from UK Power Networks, amounting to £1,000.

Graham, who lives in Faversham, works in the company’s groundworks team, keeping the lights on locally. He said: “Without our sponsors we wouldn’t survive. Any support we have ever had has been great and to receive this award a few times makes a big difference. It’s a lot of money in the football world and goes a long way. Lots of clubs in our league are folding because of the costs. We run at a loss every time we play at home due to costs, such as pitch hire.

“We have a good bunch of lads with a great attitude and they are doing really well. I enjoy supporting them and it is nice to get a bit of help now and again.”

The Bull FC’s first team has been unbeaten for 12 games in the Canterbury and District League and the team is also competing in three semi cup finals and two quarter finals. The reserves team is in three semi finals.

They play home games at Faversham Recreation Ground on Saturdays and run fundraisers throughout the year, splitting the proceeds with local charities which have included Pilgrims Hospice and a local boxing club.

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages 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 £18,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.