Added on: 9th January, 2018 by Natalie_26298
A Gloucester football club has been awarded £750 as part of Persimmon Homes’ Healthy Communities initiative.
Churchdown Panthers U8 in Churchdown, Gloucester, was selected by the housebuilder to receive the cash which will go towards equipment for an indoor futsal programme.
The Healthy Communities scheme supports sportspeople under the age of 21, with £22,500 donated across the UK each month.
Club coach Simon Williams said: “We have become a real part of the local community and we are always trying to improve what we have to offer to others.
“During the winter we suffer from cancellations due to bad weather and coupled with the fact that we do not own our ground means that it is difficult to provide regular football for our U8 girls and boys.
“Persimmon’s generous donation will buy us equipment for a futsal programme, an indoor small-sided game, that is proven to develop overall fundamentals of football ore effectively.
“Thanks to Persimmon we can now provide access to regular football in a safe environment all year round.”
In January Healthy Communities finalists from each of Persimmon’s 30 regional businesses will be selected and a public vote will follow, with prizes of £200,000, £50,000 and £5,000 up for grabs.
The Healthy Communities scheme runs alongside Persimmon’s Community Champions initiative for non-sports clubs, which sees more than £700,000 dished out to good causes each year.
Carly Spear, head of sales, said: “Churchdown Panthers has displayed a great amount of dedication to the local community.
“The club is of great value to the local area and we wanted to support them in any way we could.”
Persimmon Homes Severn Valley is building new homes across Bristol, Cheltenham, Gloucester and surrounding areas. For more information, visit www.persimmonhomes.com.
To apply for funding people can visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.