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Rugby youngsters to keep warm in winter after power company donation

Youngsters at a Norfolk rugby club will defy the cold in new winter kit after a donation from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 7 February 2019 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 Holt Rugby Club’s under-sevens team a much-needed £250 grant as part of its Team Sport Award scheme.

It donated the money through employee Louis Hunt, who helps keep the lights on across the Norwich area for UK Power Networks.

A former rugby player himself, Louis has two children involved at the club where he helps out as a coach alongside head coaches Freddie Lacey and Jim Edwards. Louis’ daughter, Tabitha Leighton-Hunt, is part of the under-sevens side who play friendly matches at festivals across Norfolk, while son Rhys is in the under-tens set-up.

Louis, who works out of the company’s Trowse office, said: “I’ve been involved with the club for a few years now, but only in the past year have I started to coach and it’s great to be able to contribute this money through my firm.

“I am semi-retired from playing these days, but my daughter Tabitha loves the sport. If there is a downside it’s battling the cold weather, so this funding will help us invest in new hats and hoodies for the youngsters during the winter months.

“There is a growing number of girls involved in the sport, Tabitha is one of four in the under-sevens squad, and there is a real family feel to what is a community rugby club.”

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.