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Chatham girls net cash for new kit

A girls’ football team in Chatham has scored a £250 sports award from UK Power Networks Services.

From Press releases - 7 November 2017 12:00 AM

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Philip Mitchell, an engineer who works on electricity supplies for High Speed 1 at the firm, nominated Meridian Girls and Ladies Football Team for the grant to buy new kit and training equipment.

His daughter, Sadie, plays in the Under 14s side, which meets at Victory Academy in Chatham for training on Wednesdays and home matches Sundays.

Philip said: “I was very pleased to win the award, it’s nice to be able to help out.

“They are a good team and finished third in the league last year. The club appreciate any help they can get because it is all run by volunteers and they have referee fees and the costs of paying for new kit and training equipment.

“Getting involved in sport is good for their development and gets young people involved in their local community.”

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 development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sport groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year £15,500 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks’ staff.

UK Power Networks Services design, build and maintain private electrical networks for clients in defence, rail, airports and other industries. Philip works in the team responsible for the 60 substations that provide power to the High Speed 1 line.