YOUNGSTERS at Thurrock Rugby Club are winter ready after securing funding from UK Power Networks for new tracksuits to wear before and after matches.
The power company, which delivers electricity to 8.3million customers across the East of England, London and the South East, has given Thurrock Rugby club a much-needed £250 grant as part of its Team Sport Award scheme.
Employee Kevin Everitt applied for the award for the rugby union club who used the funding to pay for training tracksuits for the under-15s team he coaches to wear to games.
Kevin’s son Luke plays for the side while he himself still turns out for the club’s second team at the age of 38 having previously played rugby for Dagenham for a ten-year-spell.
Kevin, who lives in Stanford le-Hope and works as a commissioning engineer for UK Power Networks, said: “I am currently one of four coaches for the now under-15’s team and have been a coach with them since they were under-11’s when my son Luke joined.
“The very kind gift of £250 from UK Power Networks will be used to go towards purchasing the team their own tracksuits. Buying these will immensely benefit the team bonding and sportsmanship we are trying to promote amongst the team and give us a real identity.
“Thurrock Rugby Club is a well-established rugby union club which has been around since 1928. It has a large number of minis, juniors, youths, women’s and men’s teams. The club facilitates people from all around Thurrock to come together and enjoy the sport and social side of rugby.”
The Team Sport Award scheme encourages 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 £18,000 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.