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Mansfield football club scores with £5,000 award

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A Mansfield-based football club will be launching coaching sessions for children aged four to five, after winning £5,000 in a national competition.

AFC Mansfield u9s and u13s was awarded the money as part of the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards, which are run twice-yearly and provide life-changing sums to organisations, groups and projects across the UK.

The club currently coaches children aged five to 13 at the Forest Town Welfare Arena on Clipstone Road. The funding will cover the costs of starting a group for children aged four to five, as well as go towards buying new training equipment.

AFC Mansfield was nominated for a Community Award by OneFamily customer Heather Ward, who is mum to one of the budding footballers. The project was one of 24 organisations presented with an award in this latest round.

Lee Walker, manager at AFC Mansfield, said:

“We’re so grateful to Heather for nominating us, as the funding will make a huge difference to all the children at the club.

“As well as launching the new team, we will also be able to invest in new equipment which all the young footballers can enjoy, allowing children across the local community to get involved.” 

The Community Awards are run by the OneFamily Foundation, an organisation set up by financial mutual, OneFamily, to redistribute a proportion of its profits to help its customers, their families and local communities.

Karl Elliott, marketing director at OneFamily, said:

“It’s fantastic to know that AFC Mansfield will benefit from the funding, ensuring that local children of all ages have access to sport.

“Our Community Awards are designed to benefit the causes closest to our customers’ hearts, giving community groups and projects the funding boost they need to continue to offer their vital work.

“The next Community Awards will launch on Monday 19 September, so I’d urge all customers in Nottingham with an active policy to get involved and nominate a cause close to their heart.”

Through the OneFamily Foundation, OneFamily aspires to make £5million available to its customers – to improve their lives or to help them make a positive difference to their local communities.

For more information please visit: https://www.onefamily.com/your-foundation/community-awards/