Club awarded £1,000

Young Gate FC
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A junior football club in Merseyside has been awarded £1,000 as part of Persimmon Homes’ Community Champions initiative.

Young Gate FC, in St Helens, was selected by the housebuilder to receive the cash, which will go towards new nets, ball and match day items as well as kits and tracksuits.

The club provides a platform for young girls and boys from the local area to enjoy playing local league football, and caters for teams from under 7 up to under 14.

Persimmon Homes’ Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves.

John Wrigley of Young Gate FC, said: “This is absolutely fantastic news, and we can’t thank Persimmon Homes enough for giving our club the opportunity to provide better facilities and sporting goods for the kids we have playing for us.

“We have previously raised money through sponsored walks and bike rides, and bag packing in local supermarkets, but this £1,000 will make a huge difference.”

Dave Hodgson, sales director for Persimmon Homes North West, said: “Young Gate Football Club is a real asset to the local community, providing much needed sporting opportunities for young people.

“The club is of great value to the local area and we wanted to support them in any way we could, and are delighted that our donation will help the whole club on match days.”

Persimmon Homes’ Community Champions is an on-going national programme which in its first year donated £750,000 nationwide. It was recently announced that the scheme is to be continued for another year giving even more charities the chance to secure funds.

To find out more about the Community Champions, or to nominate a charity, visit

Persimmon Homes North West currently builds a range of homes across Merseyside, Cheshire and Manchester and Merseyside, with Mersey View at Bromborouogh due to open later in the year.