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Grant to support youth football

A football club has been given almost 9,000 to help launch new teams for boys and girls.

Fulston Zebras FC in Sittingbourne, Kent, were given the 8,824 award from sports charity Football Foundation.

Roy Stennings, funding officer for Fulston Zebras FC, said it was "fantastic news".

The cash is intended to help the club create and develop new teams for boys and girls football, and improve the club's coaching and facilities.

"The grant from the Football Foundation will greatly assist us in moving the club forward and continue to raise our standards for all players and managers," Mr Stennings said.

We warmly congratulate Fulston Zebras FC and the Kent County FA for their hard work and dedication in securing this award
Paul Thorogood, Football Foundation

The Football Foundation is funded by the Premier League, the Football Association, Sport England and the government, and is the UK's largest sports charity.

Paul Thorogood, the charity's chief executive, said: "We warmly congratulate Fulston Zebras FC and the Kent County FA for their hard work and dedication in securing this award.

"Sport is playing a central role in helping people to stay fit, strengthen communities and promote responsibility amongst young people."

He said he hoped the award would encourage other organisations in the region to apply for grants.

Fulston Zebras FC were previously given three free football strips as part of the Football Foundation's Junior Kit Scheme.




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