We are proud to have sponsored a new kit for young footballers in Carterton, West Oxfordshire, through our Cottsway Community Fund.
We have given a grant of almost £500 to fund new kits for Carterton Town Football Club’s Under-15s team.
The team, which is undefeated so far this season and currently third in their league, applied for support from our Community Fund initiative. We run the Fund each year to support an individual Cottsway customer or their immediate family member into employment or training, and to support local communities.
Grants can be used to buy items of equipment, fund local events and one-off projects, training for a group to improve their services, printing and publicity, environmental projects and improvements. Individuals can apply for course costs, books and equipment to support learning and skills development.
Paul Haydon, volunteer coach for Carterton Town Under-15s team, said: “The players are delighted, and the kits really look the part. It’s a boost to know that local people and organisations are backing us, and are prepared to invest in grassroots football. Thank you to everyone at Cottsway.
“The club is a real community one and donations such as this ensure we can continue to help local young people exercise, have organised activities and the opportunity to make new friends and develop their sporting skill and passion.”
Vicki Paxford, Communities Manager at Cottsway, said: “Community clubs have a vital role to play in ensuring young people have opportunity to mix in a safe environment and the chance to develop new skills, so we’re proud to be sponsoring the team.
“We look forward to following their results and we hope they have a great rest of the season.”
This year the £20,000 fund has been given or allocated to 17 groups and individuals, including Witney Wonderland, a six-week festival running in Witney, West Oxfordshire, over the Christmas period.
Applications for the Cottsway Community Fund for this financial year are closed, but interested groups and individuals can apply from April 1 2019 for the next round of funding. See our Community Fund page for more information about the Fund.