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Parkeston youngsters dressed for success in first ever away kit

Youngsters at an Essex village football team will travel in style after being kitted out for the remainder of the season through funding from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 14 November 2019 12:00 AM


The Under-14s boys team at Parkeston Welfare FC, near Harwich, have been given a £250 grant from the power company which delivers electricity across the East of England.

Team coach Ben Heard, who works to keep the lights on for homes and businesses as a fitter’s mate based in Stowmarket, applied for the Team Sports award.

The side, in its third season, has never had an away kit before, but the money has changed that with the boys now looking and feeling more professional.

Ben said: “All the money we have is fundraised by ourselves, so I was excited to hear about this grant from my company and to receive the money is a fantastic result.

“We are a reasonably new team still, but we’ve come a long way. In our first two seasons we were bottom of the league, but we are getting on much better with our results this season putting us second in the league.

“To have an away kit as well as a home kit now is a great boost for the players, it’s shows we’re an up-and-coming club and makes them feel more like a real team.”

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.