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Wickford youngsters net funding boost

Youngsters at a Wickford football club will be dressed for success after a funding boost from UK Power Networks.

From Press releases - 5 March 2020 12:00 AM


Essex Royals Football Club has been presented with a £250 grant from the power company which delivers electricity across the East of England.


Dean Sanders, who works as a lead field engineer for UK Power Networks, applied for the award in his capacity as a coach for the club’s under-10s team, though the money will be for new kit for the under-7s squad.


A former player at the club from the age of seven, Dean, now 36, has been involved in coaching through his two sons, Charlie aged 10 and Harry aged six making it a real family affair.


Dean said: “I have a long association with the club having played there from a young age and since having children I have moved into coaching now which I really enjoy. Both my children have picked up a passion for football from me and it’s a great place for them to play.


“Essex Royals is an inclusive community club with a real focus on players’ development rather than results. We supply football for more than 300 children and adults in the Wickford area and have done since 1986.”


The Team Sport Award scheme encourages UK Power Networks 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 over 70 teams benefitted to a combined sum of more than £18,000.