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Power cash helps girls kick-start season

Girls in a Bedfordshire football club will have a new training kit to kick off their first season playing 11-a-side, thanks to a donation from a power company.

From Press releases - 13 October 2020 12:00 AM

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The Stotfold Juniors Under 14 Girls have been given a £250 Team Sports Award by UK Power Networks, which they are using to help buy training kit they can wear every week.

The award is thanks to John McShane, a field engineer for the company based in Bedford. John’s daughter Lucy has played for the team for five years and he helps run a refreshments stand during games to raise cash for a Christmas event for the team. 

Stotfold Juniors football club attracts more than 600 boys, girls, men and women and has 45 teams from under 7s to Under 18s. 

It’s the second time the U14 team have been given the award, last time they spent it on collapsible goals for training.

John said: “I think the scheme is excellent. Sports clubs are a massive part of any community and being part of a team teaches children discipline and respect for team mates and opponents.  These awards help keep teams going. It’s especially helpful this year when sponsorship has been hard to come by due to the uncertainty caused by the COVID pandemic.”

Fuzz Rahman,U14 Girls coach said: “The U14 Girls of Stotfold Juniors are delighted that they can go into the new season with new kit and equipment as they have their first season playing 11v11 football.

We normally seek sponsorship, but with many small businesses having a tough time during these unprecedented times we have fundraised and received small donations. With this grant, we can now obtain the full kit and training kit going into the new season.”

The Team Sports Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and the development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year over 70 teams benefitted to a combined sum of more than £18,000.