An Erewash soccer school and disability squad has netted a cash prize after winning the Miller Homes Summer of Sport competition.
Trowell Football Club in Nottinghamshire run a popular soccer school for youngsters in the area and have been working hard to set up the first ever event Disability League, which is set to launch next season.
The club beat off stiff competition to be chosen as the winner of the £500 prize money and will be putting the cash to good use.
Anthony Beaumont is the club chairman and Disability and Soccer School co-ordinator and said the money would make a huge difference.
“It’s great news for us. It’s a real battle to maintain the kits and equipment whilst keeping fees to a minimum and this grant from Miller Homes will help no end. I can’t wait to tell the kids,” he said.
“We have always believed in doing the best for our kids and the money will be used to benefit them. Our Soccer School and Disability Squad have proved to be very popular, with between 30 and 40 children attending.
“We have worked in partnership with the FA and other local clubs to form the Disability League and the money invested by Miller Homes will help get this up and running.
“We’ll also be using the money to help support the continuity of the coaching sessions we provide for both our Soccer School and Disability as we need to bring young coaches through the sessions as we continue to grow.”
The Summer of Sport competition was run by Miller Homes Midlands and judged by Alexander Parsonage, who was part of the Olympic men’s national water polo team, and Simon Skelton, an England International bowls player and Commonwealth Games gold medal winner.
Simon said: “There were some great entries to the competition but Trowell FC really stood out for me. It’s great to see them working so hard to get youngsters involved in sport and I believe it’s a really worthy cause.”
The competition ran throughout the summer months and was open to all sports clubs in the Midlands.
Paul Walters, associate director for Miller Homes Midlands, said: “Trowell FC is a worthy winner of our Summer of Sport fund and fought off tough competition from our other entrants.”
“Building great communities is at the heart of our ethos and we firmly believe that initiatives such as our Summer of Sport campaign go a long way towards nurturing these.
“We hope Trowell FC makes the most of their donations to further enhance the great work they do in the local community and we look forward to following their progress.”