A St Helens junior football club has secured £5,000 to launch a new girls’ team after winning a national award.
Bold Rangers JFC was awarded the funding by financial mutual, OneFamily, through its Foundation Community Awards. The yearly awards provide game-changing opportunities for community organisations, groups and projects across the UK.
The club trains more than 100 children up to the age of 13 at the Bold Miners Neighbourhood Centre on Fleet Lane. It is run and supported by more than 20 parents who volunteer as coaches.
The club plans to use the funding to work with local schools and community centres, to encourage more young girls to join the team so they can play competitively next season. The money will also be used to build new changing facilities for the girl’s team.
Bold Rangers JFC was nominated for a Foundation Community Award by Mark Fairbrother, chairman of the club and a OneFamily customer. The club was one of 40 organisations presented with an award in the latest round.
Mark said: “Our club is going from strength-to-strength and this funding will allow us to create a dedicated girls’ team and build a new changing facility for them.
“There are 30 girls on our waiting list to join the team and we will be encouraging more girls across Merseyside to take up football to allow the team to play competitively.”
Karl Elliott, marketing director at OneFamily, said: “Bold Rangers is a fantastic organisation, and it’s great that the money awarded will support kids at a grass roots level and encourage local youngsters to get involved in a team sport.
“Our Community Awards go right to the heart of what being part of a mutual society is all about, directly benefitting our customers and the causes closest to their hearts.
“Our next round of Community Awards is set to launch Autumn 2017 and we’d encourage our St Helens-based customers to get involved and nominate a cause that’s important to them.”
Through its Foundation, OneFamily redistributes a proportion of its profits back to its customers, to help them to help their families, their communities and those they care about most. In 2016, an estimated 100,000 people directly benefitted from the Foundation Community Awards.
Over a period of five years, OneFamily aspires to make £5 million available through its Foundation, helping to improve the lives of its customers, their families and communities.
For more information please visit: https://www.onefamily.com/your-foundation/