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Canterbury football champions celebrate with new winter kit

An unbeaten youth football team in Canterbury has won a £250 sport award from electricity firm, UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 8 February 2019 12:00 AM

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Sturry Kings Football Club was nominated for the award by under-9s coach Justin Straffon, who works on underground cables for the firm in Canterbury.

Justin’s son, Tylar, who is nine, plays in the club’s under-9s team, which has been on a winning streak and is on course to be promoted this season.

Justin said: “I nominated the club for this award because it is hard for a grassroots sports club like ours to buy winter clothing for the kids. We couldn’t afford it after the costs of the training venues, pitches and referee fees, so sponsorship makes a difference.

“We have used the money to buy the players club tracksuits, with their initials on. I’ve also bought them all woolly hats as an extra present to thank them for such a successful year.

“We have a very strong football team this year in the East Kent Youth League. They have won every match they have played, they are a formidable team and remain unbeaten this season. We are hoping they will move us up next season.”

Justin said the club is great for friendship and keeps the kids away from their PlayStations, improving their fitness. Matches are played at Sturry Primary School and winter training takes place Tuesdays at Hersden Primary School and Thursdays at St Edmund’s School.

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.