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Young Ipswich team gets a kick-start

A team of mini footballers will no longer have to borrow training gear from older teams thanks to a grant, which means they can buy their own.

From Press releases - 13 October 2020 12:00 AM

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The Ipswich based Achilles Youth FC Under 7s have been given a £250 Team Sports Award from UK Power Networks. The money came via Kerrie Lait, a data analyst at the power company and will be used to buy bibs, balls and cones.

Kerrie’s husband Dean, is now the coach for the team which includes his son six year-old Harry. They train at Oaks Primary School.

Kerrie said: “All of the training equipment, kits and balls they have used so far are all borrowed from the older teams. This money means they will be able to purchase the new training equipment they so desperately need, as well as some training wear for the boys.  It is truly brilliant that the company offers this to the local communities.”

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