Football training this winter will be much warmer for the players of Elmswell FC who have been awarded a grant to buy tracksuit tops.
Richard Adlington, a surveyor with UK Power Networks, applied for the £250 Team Sports Award through his company. Richard is based in Bury St Edmunds and joined the club as a player but is now assistant manager of the reserve team.
The football club will begin signing players from July 1 and has several friendlies lined up for their team who were second in the Suffolk and Ipswich League Division 3 and in the semi-finals of the Suffolk Primary Cup, when Covid-19 stopped all sports.
Richard said the club was very excited that they were only one game away from a cup final and are hoping they will be allowed to play the match before the next season starts.
Commenting on UK Power Networks’ scheme to support community sport, he said: “I think the scheme is fantastic and is such a huge boost for small clubs such as ours. It can be incredibly difficult to obtain sponsorship, particularly when there are so many clubs in such a small area of the country, many of which are of much greater size than ourselves and are more well known. We are a small club now but we believe we are at the beginning of our journey and with the continued help of UK Power Networks we are able to constantly attract new players and improve the standards both on and off the pitch.”
It’s the second time the club has been awarded the money. Last year they bought training bibs and cones and a new set of training and match balls for both teams.
Chris Edmonds, manager of the reserve team said: “EFC are very grateful for the kind donation, especially in these testing times where sponsorship is hard to come by. The money will go towards tracksuit tops for our reserve team and will undoubtedly give everyone a great lift for the ‘new normal’ season ahead.”