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Grassroots club’s cash lift

A girls football team hopes success is just round the corner after netting a cash boost from electricity firm UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 19 September 2019 12:00 AM

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Grassroots club Leigh Ramblers FC were nominated for the Team Sport Award by Paul Manning, a cable jointer who has worked at the electricity company for over a decade. Paul’s daughter will play 9-a-side for the U13s team, in the Brentwood Community Football Alliance. They have been placed in division two, where most teams will be boys U12s sides.

The £250 will help to fund new equipment and clothing for the team who train on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Matches are played on Sunday.

Paul said: “It’s a great feeling to have helped secure funding that will help the local community. As volunteers, we’re all giving up time and money to ensure these kids have the best opportunity to be successful. I assist in training sessions and help on match days, so this award will go a long way in supporting them to buy better resources.”

The club has a strong emphasis on girls football and runs U10, U11 and U13 teams, competing in the Essex County Girls Football League. Previous girls who have played for the club have progressed to join top academies like Arsenal and West Ham.

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks 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 and last year £18,000 was donated to sporting groups.