Added on: 18th September, 2017 by Caroline_9383
A Hertfordshire football club which has more than 200 players of all ages in its teams has been given a cash boost thanks to a regional builder.
Belstone Football Club, based in Radlett, has been chosen by Persimmon Homes North London to become one of its Healthy Communities winners, receiving a £750 donation.
Under the scheme, a host of regional prizes of £750 are up for grabs each month for the rest of 2017, with amateur sports teams and individuals aged 21 years and under eligible to apply. The money is to be spent on sports kit, equipment, coaching or facilities.
A shortlist of 30 will then be created for a national final to be decided on a public vote, with the winning club or individual receiving £200,000 while two runners-up will receive £50,000 each.
Belstone Football Club, which was founded in 1983, will use the money to purchase new playing kit as its teams continue to go from strength to strength.
Owen Sheridan said: “We cannot thank Persimmon Homes enough for its support. The club is continuing to expand and next season we will have nine youth teams at U10, U11, U12, U13, two U14 teams, U15, U16 and U18 and two adult teams.
“We have around 200 players in all, with the majority aged under 21. We also set up the Belstone Football Academy last season for children aged from reception to Year 6 and currently have around 30 to 40 children training every week. We pride ourselves on proving football opportunities for children and adults with no barrier to entry.”
Damian Seddon, Director in Charge of Persimmon Homes North London, said: “Our Healthy Communities scheme aims to create a real sporting legacy and it is great to see a football club that is inspiring so many youngsters to get out and enjoy their sport.
“If people were unsuccessful last month in their Healthy Communities application, we urge them to visit the Persimmon Homes website and to try again and hopefully they will become our next recipient.”
To find out more, visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity