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Football Club scores Building Futures funding from Persimmon

13 September 2021

Football Club scores Building Futures funding from Persimmon

A youth football club that aims to provide the best coaching and team management in the local area has been given a £1,000 boost by Persimmon.

Harwell & Hendred Youth Football Club has been achieving a high level of results over the last few seasons but now wants to take its success to the next level.

Located at Boundary Park, Didcot, the Charter Standard Accredited Club is affiliated to the Berks and Bucks FA and field teams in the Oxfordshire Youth Football League and Oxfordshire Girls Football League. It also runs a Saturday morning Soccer School for children over four years old as well as a Wildcats 'girls only' Soccer School on a Sunday.

The club has now been handed the grant from Persimmon Homes Wessex as part of our Building Futures campaign which will deliver more than £1m to good causes this year.

Ben Peach, club secretary, said: “Everyone at the club is so shocked at this news, it’s absolutely incredible to receive support from such a big name like Persimmon Homes. We are a non-profit organisation that operates year-round and have been desperately seeking funding to purchase extra equipment such as goals, footballs and bibs.

“This £1,000 will also help us buy new kits to make the children feel part of a close-knit team. In the last year or so we’ve increased from 12 to 16 teams and have introduced a 'girls only' soccer school so our finances have been spread quite thinly to cover all bases.

“If we were lucky enough to go on and win one of the top prizes, the club would look at identifying an additional sports venue to continue our ambition to grow and support the demand for local sports for children.”

Building Futures aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health, and sport. A total of 128 grants of £1,000 have been awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects.

Three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national online public vote. The winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in November. In each sector – education & arts, health, and sport – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Pauline Fletcher, sales director at Persimmon Homes Wessex, said: “We really enjoy funding local sport groups because we believe that keeping children happy, healthy and active is so important. Harwell & Hendred Youth Football Club receive most of their money through player registration fees so being supported by local initiatives such as Persimmon Homes will hopefully give everyone a massive boost.

“We’ll certainly be keeping an eye out for their results and we would like to take this opportunity to wish them all the best for the new season.”

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