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Football makes it ‘Christmas every Saturday’ in Pembury

Christmas may nearly be over this year, but not for a football mad father and son in Pembury who are celebrating a sports grant from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 29 December 2020 12:00 AM

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Simon Plant, a coach at Pembury Athletic Football Club, says ‘football Saturday’ with youngest son Harry, a player for the under-8s team, is like ‘Christmas every Saturday’.

The team has just splashed out on some new training tops for away games following a £250 Team Sport Award from Simon’s employer, UK Power Networks. Simon works in the groundworks team, helping to keep electricity flowing to local homes and businesses.

Simon said: “Harry loves playing football and it’s so rewarding helping out at the club that every Saturday is like Christmas for us. We play football in the morning and watch football in the village in the afternoon. Saturday is our perfect day.

“The money from UK Power Networks has been used to buy new training shirts which will double as away shirts for the team. The players are over the moon because they have wanted an away kit and this has really helped.

“It has been a tough year for the club which depends on tireless volunteers and a summer tournament, to generate funds, which couldn’t take place this year due to Covid. 

“There are kids of every level of skill and everyone is welcome and treated the same. They learn so much by playing as a team. When we have been able to play during lockdown and tier restrictions, it has been good for their physical, social and mental wellbeing.”

Pembury Athletic FC train at Mascalls Academy, at Paddock Wood, and home games are played at Lower Green Road, Pembury.

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 developing sports opportunities. So far this year, more than 60 local sports teams connected to UK Power Networks’ staff have benefitted from a share in £15,250.