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Power company donation a net gain for football club’s catering outlet plans

An Ipswich football club is set to build a new catering facility with an offering that will go well beyond traditional half-time oranges following a donation from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 12 December 2018 12:00 AM

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The power company, which delivers electricity to 8.3million homes and businesses across the East of England, London and the South East, has given Coplestonians Football Club a much-needed £250 grant as part of its Team Sport Award programme.

It donated the money through employee Ian Mathews who is on the club’s committee having first got involved back in 1975 at the age of 15, since when he has played and coached for them as well as taking on administrative roles.

Based at Copleston High School in Ipswich, the club was set up in 1973 with its goal to let ex-pupils reunite and play, but has since grown to run a host of teams including juniors, women and a walking football side.

The money raised is going towards converting part of an existing metal container into a catering facility to sell and serve hot drinks and snacks to players and spectators on matchdays.

Ian, who works in the capital programme department at the company’s Bury St Edmunds office, said: “The club hosts eight or nine matches each weekend played and attended by several hundred people so the new catering facility should provide sustainable funding for the club.

“The way the club has grown since I was first involved is amazing, we truly reflect the whole community now with our range of teams and that is the result of a huge contribution from our volunteers and benefactors.”

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 £15,750 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.