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Slough youngsters warm-up for winter

Youngsters at a Berkshire football club have netted a funding boost to ensure they will be winter ready.

From Press releases - 21 October 2021 12:00 AM

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Slough FC under-8s girls’ team has received a £250 Team Sport award from UK Power Networks, the company which distributes electricity across the East of England.

The money will be put towards hoodies and rain jackets to keep them warm during the colder months of the season with any remaining funds to be spent on new training equipment.

Employee Aaron Wells, who works as an engineer for the connections team in Borehamwood and Eastcote, applied for the award.

Aaron, who has FA badges, has coached the team since it was formed and it features his daughter Heidi Alba Wells who is the side’s goalkeeper.

He said: “I feel proud my company is supporting the growth of girls’ and women’s football at grassroots level in this way and the money will really help the players.

“The girls were initially involved in the Weetabix Wildcats coaching scheme and, because of the level of interest, Slough FC decided to form an under-8s girls’ team which I manage.

“The team currently plays in the Berkshire County Girls’ football league and also play in friendly tournaments as well as training every week. Everyone is really enjoying the chance to develop their game.”

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

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. During 2020, more than 60 teams benefitted to a combined sum of £15,500.