A NOTTINGHAM youth football club has received new kit after a £400 charitable donation from Domestic & General. The appliance care provider, based in Talbot Street, donated the funds for new training cones, goals, bibs and footballs for the Pelican Colts Soccer School in line with its Community Funding scheme.
Domestic & General set up a Community Fund to help its 1,000 Nottingham employees in their pursuits outside of work and also to help contribute to its community. The firm made the donation after hearing about two of its contact centre agent’s pursuits. Gavin Robinson and Sean Conneally set up the soccer club when Gavin’s son showed an interest in playing football.
Gavin and Sean felt the facilities in their area could not accommodate flourishing young footballers, and in the past year the club has gone from three players to nearly 50. With this number on track to double in 2017.
Gavin said the donation by Domestic & General will help to ensure the club’s future: “The soccer school is as much educational as it is recreational. When my son expressed an interest in playing football and our local club wasn’t up to scratch, I looked for other options. Last summer, we set up a soccer club at Pelican Colts Soccer School in Nottingham that would include children under the age of seven.
“Over the course of the last year, the club has expanded rapidly and we’re on the right track to double the amount of players this year. This donation from Domestic & General will be greatly received as without equipment, there is no club and facilities for young people to enjoy football.”
As well as dedicating his time to coaching the soccer club as a qualified Level 1 FA coach and working towards his Level 2, Gavin has worked at Domestic & General for six years in the Registrations Department.
Gavin, who is from Bulwell, added: “I like to challenge myself, exceed my own targets and I take great pleasure in helping our customers. I’ve got some fantastic colleagues and a strong team which is why I have stayed here for so long. It’s a really rewarding company to be a part of, as your hard work is always acknowledged, not to mention the fact that we’re given some great benefits, including wellbeing initiatives.”
The money will be used to provide equipment including balls, cones, poles, bibs and new goals, for over 200 children throughout the next year.
The Pelican Colts Soccer Club had five teams this season, who play in a league and rely on sponsorship from local businesses and individuals. One of its teams were invited to play at Manchester City this year, to play the youth team based at the Etihad.
Brona Ratcliffe, head of contact centre HR at Domestic & General, said: “When we heard about Gavin and Sean’s volunteering efforts in their own time, we were keen to help. As one of the city’s largest employers we want to shout about the work our employees do in their community.
“We have a talented and diverse workforce so it is great to hear about how Gavin and Sean are contributing to providing young people with a worthwhile hobby and hopefully, some of England’s future football stars too!”
Domestic & General provides appliance care services for UK and International clients and comprehensive product protection for more than 12 million customers. It has three further UK offices, in Brighton and Bedworth with its headquarters in Wimbledon.
For more information about Domestic & General visit www.domesticandgeneral.com