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Folkestone athletics club picks up fourth award

A Folkestone athletics club providing training for promising young athletes has scooped a £250 sports award from local electricity firm, UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 14 March 2018 12:00 AM

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Youth athletics coach Robert Burke, from Folkestone, nominated Folkestone Running Club for one of his employer’s team sport awards. It is the fourth time Robert has won such an award from his employer which has donated a total of £1,000 to the club for new sports equipment.

Robert, a senior project designer in connections at the company, which delivers electricity supplies to homes and businesses across Kent, said: “It felt great to win another award which will be spent on new training equipment for the kids. Every penny helps the club because the equipment costs a lot of money. A javelin alone can cost about £100, so the costs are quite high.

“Despite our name we’re not just a running club. We teach young athletes how to run, throw and learn about the technique in all the athletic sports. It gives them a base for all sports and nurtures young athletes.

“My two children started going to the athletics club and I was asked to help out as a volunteer. Five years later I’m still there and I really enjoy it, especially seeing the kids competing and achieving their goals. We have been quite a successful club, winning a number of tournaments and competitions and we compete throughout the year.”

The club has over 100 members and meets at Three Hills Sports Park, Folkestone, Tuesday to Thursday, 5pm to 8pm.

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 £15,750 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks’ staff.