A local football club’s U11 team have a winning new look for the new season – thanks to a donation from their local district councillor.
Cllr Stuart Lawson, local ward member for Kesgrave, donated £600 from his Enabling Communities Budget to help Kesgrave Youth Football Club purchase much-needed new kit for its U11 team.
Jason Langley, Manager of the team, said: “We are extremely grateful to Cllr Lawson, and East Suffolk Council for sponsoring our U11 AFC Kesgrave Reds team. Typically, fees from players are sufficient to just about cover cost of training equipment and pitch hire, therefore this sponsorship has allowed us to purchase a new kit for next season, and also tops and winter coats for our coaches.
“The players have done exceptionally well since the turn of the year, hitting good form, but the season was cut short by the pandemic lockdown. They’re raring to get back on the pitch, playing in their new kit, which looks excellent in our traditional club colours. A new kit gives the players a lift, and identity when they walk out onto the pitch, allowing them to simply have fun and enjoy playing the game.”
The donation, which was made in early March, enabled the club to pay for a new kit for the U11’s team, as well as tops and winter coats for the coaches. While the team only managed to play a few games before the COVID-19 outbreak, they will be playing in their new kit when they return next season.
Cllr Lawson said: “This is a fantastic club that gives young people the opportunity to be part of a team and make new friends, learn new skills, and improve health and fitness. Sport means a lot to me and my family, so whilst they are not able to play together right now for obvious reasons, I am really pleased that I was able to donate this money to the club and support our young players.”
East Suffolk Council’s Enabling Communities Budgets support activities delivered by community, voluntary and social enterprise organisations. A total of £357,500 has been allocated for 2020/21 from the New Homes Bonus, funding generated through new houses built in the district.
Distributed equally amongst each of the Council’s 55 members, each ward councillor has a £6,500 Enabling Community Budget to spend on community projects or to develop new projects which tackle community needs in their area.
Previous projects which have benefitted from Enabling Community Budget funding include play areas, village hall refurbishments and equipment, community events, projects supporting people with disabilities and the purchase of defibrillators.
Community groups wishing to apply for Enabling Community Budget funding should contact their district councillor or visit www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/enabling-communities-budgets