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Power company couple combine forces to help fund rugby youngsters

Youngsters at Saracens Amateur Rugby Club in north London will receive new training gear and equipment after securing funding from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 28 March 2019 12:00 AM

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The power company, which delivers electricity to 8.3million customers across the East of England, London and the South East, has given a much-needed £500 grant as part of its Team Sport Awards scheme.

Married employees Noel and Carly Jukes who live in Stotfold, Bedfordshire, applied for the contribution together, doubling the usual £250, and the money will help the Under-14s team where their son Morgan is a member.

Noel, who works as an operations manager for Borehamwood and Pinner, is a volunteer forwards coach at the club while Carly, an occupational health and safety coach based in Stevenage, helps out with catering duties and is a trained first aider.

Noel said: “The funding will be used for the under-14s to buy new training bibs as well as some adult-sized take bags which will be a real help.

“With me coaching, my son Morgan playing, as well as my wife Carly helping too, we have a strong connection with what is a real family club.

“The youngsters all work really hard at their game so it’s fantastic for me and Carly to be able to improve the training aids on offer to them through the company we both work for.”

The Team Sport Award scheme encourages 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 £18,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.