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New season, new gear for young footballers

Trimley Red Devils Junior Football Club are to receive new training equipment thanks to a little help from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 15 August 2017 12:00 AM

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The company, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East through its vast infrastructure of overhead power lines, underground cables and substations, has given the club a much-needed £250 grant as part of its Team Sport Award programme.

It donated the money following an application from employee Sam Gooding, who works at the company’s Fore Hamlet offices in Ipswich. Sam’s partner Kris Harvey is the U11s team manager and her 10-year-old son Connor plays for the team.

Sam, from Ipswich, said: “The team is really grateful for the award as they desperately needed new training equipment.

“We’re going to buy new balls for training, bibs, cones, agility ladders, and also new poles to help the boys improve their football skills and fitness.”

Trimley Red Devils Junior FC, which is based at Stennetts Playing Field in Trimley St Mary, was formed in 1975 and provides youth football for under 6s through to under 16s.

The Team Sport Award scheme is designed to encourage 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 £13,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.