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Netball team Storms forward

With 30,000 new people taking up some form of netball since the World Cup last July, Ipswich team Storm is delighted to be given funding to help those who cannot afford to play.

From Press releases - 27 December 2019 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks donated £250 through employee Sue Townend, based in the firm’s Fore Hamlet office. Sue is captain for Storm 1 team, umpires for Storm 2 and is chairwoman of the club.

Sue said: “As a club we will use the donation to keep the costs to our members affordable and also pay for the development of our members through coaching and umpiring courses.

“We think the scheme is great and it’s really helped keep the costs of participating in netball down for our players which has enabled some of our members who may not have been able to afford to play actually play and have some valuable time with friends away from the stresses of family, student and work life.”

More people are now being attracted to playing some form of netball. The South Suffolk netball league, where both Storm teams play, has 81 adult teams and 18 junior teams playing standard netball. Plus there are other forms of the game such as Walking Netball, Back 2 Netball, Bee Netball and mixed leagues. 

The power company, which delivers electricity to more than eight million customers across the East of England, London and the South East has awarded the much-needed grant as part of its Team Sport Award programme.

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks 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. So far this year over 70 teams have benefitted to a combined sum of more than £18,000