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Hove squad net a sports award for new kit

Young players at Hangleton Rangers Football Club are celebrating a sports award for new kit.

From Press releases - 5 October 2021 12:00 AM

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The under-11s team, based in Hove, has received a £250 Team Sport Award from the local electricity firm, UK Power Networks, to put towards new shirts for the team.

Iain Brown, who works in the electricity company’s finance department, volunteers as assistant team coach and nominated the team for his employer’s sports award. His son, Alexander, who is 10, has been a player at the club for five years, along with his school friends.

Iain said: “This money will contribute towards new team kit, to make them feel like a tight-knit group. It was wonderful to receive UK Power Networks’ support. This will be a huge help in getting the team equipment they need, particularly after fee shortages during the pandemic.”

The club has 16 players, supported by a new head coach and volunteers among the parents. Iain is training to support as a coach. Iain added: “All the parents want to get involved and help to make the training inclusive and fun. The club has a great atmosphere with a great bunch of parents and children, it is wonderful to be part of that.

“Sport is vital for mental health. Lockdown has often focused on the impact on adults and we have not always noticed the repercussions for children. They had to carry on, so it is lovely to see their beaming smiles again, it is very important to give children sporting opportunities. Few things are better than sport for teaching children about cementing relationships and learning about working as a team, as well as winning and losing. It has huge benefits.”

The team train at PACA sports facility in Hove on Wednesday evening and games are played at Greenleas or at PACA on Sundays.

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. In 2020, more than 60 local sports teams connected to UK Power Networks’ staff benefited from a share in £15,500.