Cash bonanza gives Town youth a boost
Horncastle Town Football Club is laughing all the way to the bank after winning thousands of pounds to support their junior teams.
The 139-year-old club has been handed £5,000 by Lloyds Bank’s Community Fund, the bulk of which will go towards the running their youth set-up.
Town saw off stiff competition from other community groups to land the prize after polling enough of the public vote organised by Lloyds.
Paul Johnson, club welfare office and first team manager, has been at Horncastle for more than 20 years and said it was humbling that people had thrown their backing behind them.
He added: “We are really pleased and the £5,000 will make a difference .
“We have 12 sides all told so the cost of running them can get quite high with things like kit, footballs, travel and everything coming into it.
“It is difficult to keep a club like this going without some help because we are not a big club. But we are well known in the local community and have been well established for over 100 years and I guess that helped get some votes.
“A lot of hard work goes into running a club and we have some fantastic individuals that work day and night and this money is reward for their dedication and hard work.
“Hopefully, by helping out the juniors the players will stay with the club all the way through to the seniors and that will benefit the club for many years to come.”
More than 200,000 people across the UK took part in a public vote between May and September to select the charities they wanted to receive the cash, part of the £660,000 Lloyds Banking Group is investing through the Community Fund.
In total, 132 projects are set to receive £5,000 as part of Lloyds’ campaign.
Catherine Morrow, the bank’s community ambassador for Lincolnshire, said: “The Community Fund is a fantastic scheme and I am delighted that they are benefitting from our help.
“I hope as many people as possible benefit from this.”
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