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Power company funding helps Ipswich netball club’s expansion plans

A new generation of Ipswich netball umpires and coaches will be funded by a donation from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 21 November 2018 12:00 AM

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The power company, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across the East of England, London and the South East, has given Ipswich Storm Netball Club a much-needed £250 grant as part of its Team Sport Award program.

It donated the money through employee Sue Townend, based in the firm’s Fore Hamlet office, and who is chair of the club and captain of its first team.

Sue said: “We will be using the generous award to financially sponsor team members through training and assessment in achieving umpiring and coaching  grades so that we as a club can develop and perhaps even extend to having a third team.

“In the league that we play in, the South Suffolk Netball League, all teams have to arrange their own umpires in order to officiate the matches and there aren’t always enough.

“There is a great shortage of umpires locally so if we have more players attending courses and training to pass umpiring tests that can help with the shortage. The same applies to coaching so there are opportunities there and if our players take them it can help us expand as a club.

“Having the support of this money helps to also keep the costs down for the members as it will also be used to pay for some of the court costs so that it is not passed on to the players.”

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.