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New kit waiting when play resumes in Folkestone

Folkestone Invicta Youth Football Club will have new training gear waiting when players return to their clubs following current suspension of play due to coronavirus.

From Press releases - 14 April 2020 12:00 AM


Electricity linesman, John Ross, nominated the club for his employer UK Power Networks’ Team Sport Award and received £250 for new balls, cones and posts.


The volunteer, who manages the Under-9s team in his spare time, said: “The last award was used for training kits and waterproof jackets, which the kids needed for cold, wet weather, while standing on the sidelines. They absolutely loved it and were over the moon.


“This time we’re using the money to buy fresh training posts, cones and balls as the existing equipment was due for replacement. We rely on sponsorship and donations and everything helps with the costs of running the club.”


John’s son, Daniel, plays for the Under-9s team, which usually train from 6-7pm on Mondays at Three Hills Sports Park, in Cheriton Road, Folkestone. Home matches are played there on Saturdays. Play is currently suspended due to coronavirus.


John said: “I’m not really a football person. It wasn’t until my son got into football that I became involved and I’ve recently completed my FA Level 1 in Coaching Football. I really love working with the kids, it’s great fun and I enjoy seeing their progression. It keeps them active and gives them something to look forward to.”


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.