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Heybridge Swifts move the goalposts

Youngsters playing for a Heybridge football club will soon be moving their goalposts thanks to a donation from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 25 February 2019 12:00 AM

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The Under 7 and Under 9 teams at Heybridge Swifts Youth Football Club, near Maldon, plan to purchase wheeled goals soon, after the power company, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across the East of England, London and the South East, gave them £250 towards the purchase.

The money was donated through power company employee Mark Hill, a safety instructor based in Colchester, as part of UK Power Networks Team Sport Award.

The club has 19 youth teams ranging from three year olds who train to develop, up to Under 18s. They have already bought a set of wheeled goalposts for their senior teams and have been saving to get a smaller set for the juniors. The eight junior teams play in five, seven and nine a side teams.

Mark, who is vice chairman of the youth section of Heybridge Swifts, said: “I think it is an amazing scheme that helps support all aspects of grass roots sport. We are extremely pleased and looking forward to being able to wheel goals onto the pitches rather than having to carry the metal framed ones we have at present.”

Mark said they were delighted three years ago when they applied and were granted an award from UK Power Networks that meant they could buy training equipment for the club.

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and the 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.