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Larkfield girls football squad net an award

A Larkfield ladies football team has netted a second £250 sport award from Britain’s largest electricity distributor, UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 14 January 2019 12:00 AM

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Larkfield Football Club was nominated for the award for a second year running by a parent, Matthew Woods, a senior agent in the company’s groundworks team.

Matthew’s daughter Natalie, who is 15, was among the founding members of the female section of the club that now numbers 35 teams, catering for different age groups.

UK Power Networks has donated a total of £500 to the thriving girls’ club and they plan to use the latest money to buy new training kit and balls for all the girls.

Matthew said: “This is our second team sport award from my employer and the club is very grateful. The club is self-sufficient so every little bit of money helps. I was happy because it enables me to give something back to a club which does so much for the girls.

“The club is run by volunteers who give up their weekends in a variety of roles as manager, coach, treasurer and maintaining the clubhouse. I watch the team play every weekend and help set up and take down the goals. The girls get so much enjoyment from the game. It gets them out, mixing with new friends from different schools, they get exercise and it gets them off their phones!”

Larkfield Football Club Under 15s is currently in the semi-final of the Kent League Cup and is fourth in Division 1 of the KGLF League. They train on Thursdays at Aylesford School sport centre during the winter and play home games at New Hythe Lane, Larkfield.

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages staff to 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.