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Footballers net clubhouse funds

Ellington Juniors Football Club has received �16,704 from the Ventient Sisters North Steads Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.
Ellington Juniors Football Club has received �16,704 from the Ventient Sisters North Steads Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

A football club has netted a windfall to improve facilities for players.

Ellington Juniors Football Club has received £16,704 from the Ventient Sisters North Steads Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund.

The money will be used to pay for the connection and installation of water, electric and waste drainage to the clubhouse, which is part of bigger plans to develop a large-scale facility, including four football pitches, clubhouse and 3G multi-use games area.

Coach Trevor Dunn said: “Ellington Juniors was formed back in 1988 and 30 years on we are now in a fantastic position where we can create a new and significantly enhanced facility that gives young people the best possible resources to develop their football skills.

“We are very grateful for support from Ventient Energy and the Community Foundation, which is enabling us to undertake the necessary works required to ensure that our clubhouse has running water, electricity and waste drainage.”

The wind farm benefit fund at the Community Foundation makes grants of between £500 and £10,000 a year to support capital or revenue funding for voluntary and community groups. It reopens for a second round of awards on July 3.

Ricardo Rocha, asset manager at Ventient Energy, said: “We are passionate about empowering communities in the area that we operate. After listening to local interests, we set up a grants programme with the Community Foundation and it’s great to make our first set of awards.”

For more information visit www.communityfoundation.org.uk/apply or contact Pete Barrett on 0191 222 0945 or email pb@communityfoundation.org.uk