Youngsters at a football club near Ipswich are closer to achieving their funding goals after help from a local power company.
Witnesham Wasps under-10s team has received a £250 Team Sport Award from UK Power Networks, the company which distributes electricity across the East of England.
Employee Norbert Nyandebvu, who volunteers as coach and photographer and whose son Tyrell captains the team, applied for the award for the squad which will be spent on new kit, training materials and equipment.
Norbert, based in the company’s Fore Hamlet office, said: “As with other sports clubs, the coronavirus pandemic had an impact on us and not playing during three lockdowns now has been very frustrating for the boys.
“They are a well-knit team who have been together for the past three season now. They all live and breathe football, so it’s been disappointing not to play even if we all understand the reasons why.
“During this latest lockdown, the coaches have tried to keep spirits up with regular video training and fitness sessions the boys can do at home.
“The club is really grateful for the funding award as this is the kind of donation which keeps everything going as each year we need new kits for the lads as they grow and we always require extra training equipment.”
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. During 2020, more than 60 teams benefitted to a combined sum of £15,500.