Littleport Rangers FC gets helping hand from National Express
Littleport Rangers FC has been awarded funding by National Express following a heartfelt application by a local East Anglia train driver, Allan Williams, who is the Vice Chairman and Coach for the Cambridgeshire football club in his spare time.
Since the club was set up, Allan has been encouraging young children to get involved in the football club. Now, every Wednesday afternoon or Saturday morning, the local leisure centre is filled with 40 football-loving 4-8 year olds lacing up their boots to play for Littleport Rangers FC.
Allan and fellow National Express train driver, Martin Norton, helped to form the club to give Littleport’s children a sporting chance. Allan says: “The team is a big thing for Littleport. As well as keeping the kids active, it also brings parents and children together through the club’s social events.”
Littleport Rangers FC is entirely run by volunteers and the club has brought a real community spirit to the village. Allan continues: “Football has always been a big part of my life and I want the children to enjoy it too. It’s really inspiring to see them learn the game and have fun at the same time.”
The club are the first recipients of charitable funds from National Express’s new community panel. Made up of a group of ten National Express employees, the panel was set up to encourage staff to get involved in charitable activities and offer financial support. Through the panel, employees can apply for small grants for the charities and community organisations that matter to them. Allan’s volunteering efforts for Littleport Rangers were recognised with a grant of £250 which will help support the club.
James Donnan, Head of Corporate Communications at National Express, said: ”National Express encourages its employees to get involved in community activities. Working for National Express is only one aspect of their lives, many of employees have really fascinating interests outside of work and the community panel gives them the opportunity to raise awareness and funds for something that’s really important to them – whether it’s Race for Life or a long term volunteering project like Allan’s.”
Notes to editors:
About National Express East Anglia: National Express East Anglia operates services from London Liverpool Street across the East of England. Over 100 million passenger journeys are made on its services each year.
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