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Chertsey juniors receive a training boost

Tatty old footballs have been given the boot at Chertsey Town Juniors Football Club.

From Press releases - 15 June 2020 12:00 AM

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The Under 10s team has scooped a £250 Team Sport Award from UK Power Networks for new footballs, bibs and pop-up goals, equipping the team for their first training session next month as lockdown eases.

The squad was nominated for the award by their volunteer first aider, Shaun Schofield, who works as a lead commercial manager at UK Power Networks Services. Shaun’s son Kit, who is 10, plays for the club, which competes in the Surrey Primary League.

Shaun said: “We are always short of balls, bibs and pop-up goals so having £250 towards training equipment is really welcome, rather than using battered, deflated footballs! We might practice at school, then move to a local park, so having goalposts that we can set up and take down is very helpful.

“Chertsey won the FA Vase at Wembley last year, which was a really big event for the town and a big deal for my son, as it was the first professional match he had seen. It was very emotional, especially as we won! We hired coaches and all went together. It created a lot of positive energy around the club and did a lot of good in recruiting children to play.”

The vibrant club has seven teams catering for different ages. The Under 10s normally play on Sundays and have climbed 10 places to the third division by competing in fixtures across London and Surrey.

Play has been suspended since the coronavirus outbreak started but training is due to resume in July, in socially distanced groups of six and the club will await the signal from the Football Association before competitive matches start.

Shaun added: “It’s great physical exercise and helps the boys understand the joy of winning and how to lose magnanimously. It’s exciting and fun and Kit has made really good friends as a result of it. When he went to Wembley he went with his pals.”

UK Power Networks Services designs, builds, operates and maintains private electricity networks for rail, airports, nuclear, defence and other commercial customers. The Team Sport Award scheme encourages 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 the company’s staff have benefitted.