`

Grant boost for juniors

Players and coaches at Cramlington United FC with (back, centre) Jeannie Kielty of The Banks Group.
Players and coaches at Cramlington United FC with (back, centre) Jeannie Kielty of The Banks Group.

Young footballers in a Northumberland town are taking aim at developing their skills thanks to a £5,000 grant from The Banks Group via its community fund.

As a result of the funding, junior players at Cramlington United Football Club now have new sets of goals to use in their seven and nine-a-side matches.

They were required as part of wider changes to football coaching, which put greater emphasis on junior players learning skills and playing in smaller groups and on smaller pitches.

Club chairman Dave Malone said: “This contribution means we’ll be able to speed up the process of getting other new equipment and resources into the club with the funds we raise ourselves.”