In Impact Stories, Physical & mental health, wellbeing & safety, Aylesbury Vale

Project: Expansion of the club
Grant: £835
Fund: Gawcott Fields Community Solar

Padbury Village FC is a growing football club, expanding to meet the need of the local population resulting from new housing developments in the area. However, as they increase in size the pressure on volunteers is also increasing and additional equipment is needed, in particular for the youth teams who all need different sized equipment.

The club were reluctant to significantly increase the fees their present members pay in order to accommodate the development of extra teams, as this could have a detrimental impact. They pride themselves on being a receptive, inclusive club, and where possible fees are kept to a minimum to encourage membership.

The club was awarded a grant of £835 which enabled them to successfully set-up and provide kit for a girls team and a mixed under 7’s team, Four people have also undertaken training to support the club’s coaching team, including 14 year old Izzy (see case study below).

In total the club have supported an additional 113 people since this grant was awarded, including players of a veteran’s team which they set up using their own funds.

Case study – Izzy

Izzy is 14 and volunteers to help run Padbury Village Cougars under 8’s. Izzy has undergone training during the season through this funding and this has assisted Izzy to develop as a football coach and individual. Izzy’s volunteer coaching has also contributed to her being awarded the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award as well as receiving positive feedback and thanks from the club, players and parents for all her support.