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Added on: 8th February, 2017 by Natalie_26298


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Wed, 8 February 2017

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A girls’ junior football team from Leigh are hoping to get one step ahead of their Manchester rivals after being kitted out in new training tops.

Eastleigh Belles Pearls received £1,000 after it was selected as one of Persimmon Homes North West’s Community Champions - a scheme that awards cash to further a charity’s work within the community. The project sees an annual pot of £24,000 donated to local groups and charities.

The Belles Pearls are one of around 20 clubs associated with Eastleigh Juniors and play most of their home matches at Hawkhurst Park. They put their donation towards securing new training tops for the girls.

Mick O’Connor, team manager of Eastleigh Belles Pearls, said: “The donation from Persimmon Homes is a massive boost for us.

“Not only will it provide the girls with new training kits, we will also be able to purchase more equipment such as extra footballs and training cones to help the girls improve both as individuals and a team.”

Dave Hodgson, sales director at Persimmon Homes North West, said: “We are delighted to select Eastleigh Belles Pearls as one of our Community Champions. The team provides a great opportunity for youngsters to get involved in sport and hopefully the kits and extra training equipment will be well received by the entire team.”

The number of entries for a Community Champions grant is growing each month, but Dave added that charities should not be deterred if they aren’t chosen first time round.

“If applicants are unsuccessful one month, we urge them not to give up. They should visit the Persimmon Homes website and try again and hopefully they will become our next Community Champion.”

Organisations can apply for Community Champions funding by completing a simple online form on the Persimmon Homes website.

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