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Football mad family net cash award for Netherton team

Emma Henson’s football mad family are all actively involved with a young Peterborough team which has now been awarded cash to buy their first away kit, thanks to her employers.

From Press releases - 19 June 2019 12:00 AM

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Emma, who works in Peterborough for UK Power Networks, the country’s largest electricity distributor, applied for a Team Sport Award of £250 from her company. Netherton United Under 11s have been awarded the money and are delighted that it has provided a grey and yellow away kit, which means they can also enter two teams in one tournament.

Her twin sons Anton and Jaidon play for the team, eldest son Rio lends a hand with training and refereeing friendly games, daughter Jamelia helps with sprint training, husband Dom helps with coaching and football mad mum Emma cheers them on from the sidelines. She has also been known to have a kick about with the team as she used to play for Peterborough Ladies. She said:“I actually prefer to watch the kids than a premier league game. I just wish we had replays!”

So far the Netherton team have had a very successful season and won silverware in three tournaments.  They did not concede any goals in the last tournament and were runners up, losing on penalties in the final.

Emma said of the cash award: “The team are so pleased, the manager and parents were amazed at such a huge financial gift from UK Power Networks. I think the scheme is fantastic, to help grass route football teams in this way is amazing.  Some of our team members don’t have an awful lot but to have the ability to join up with friends twice a week and play the game you love is great. A nice kit is an added bonus!”

The Team Sport Award scheme helps staff who 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.