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Gorseinon junior football club handed cash to help launch girls team

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A junior football club in Gorseinon has been handed a cash boost as it prepares to launch a new girls team.

Gorseinon Athletic AFC has been gifted £1,000 from Persimmon Homes West Wales as part of their Building Futures campaign, which will deliver more than £1m to good causes this year.

Gorseinon Athletic AFC is a successful club with 75 boys on its books and is looking to offer new playing opportunities to girls.

Marc O’Kelly, of the club, said: “We are very grateful to Persimmon Homes for this tremendous support. We are a newly formed junior football section providing opportunities for children to play football and be physically active.

“We are starting new teams and a specific girls section, so will need more qualified coaches and money for pitch hire and equipment to support this expansion. This donation is a real help as we strive towards that goal.”

Building Futures aims to support community groups working with under-18s across three categories – education & arts, health and sport.

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A total of 128 grants of £1,000 will be awarded across Persimmon’s 32 regional businesses to improve local facilities and the delivery of vital community projects. Three initiatives will go on to win £100,000 each through a national online public vote. The winners will be named at a gala dinner for finalists in November.

In each sector – education & arts, health and sport – as well as the £100,000 first prize, there will be a £50,000 second prize and a £20,000 third prize, while a further 87 shortlisted projects will each receive £5,000.

Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “I love our Building Futures scheme and the way it allows us to support so many good causes across the country. I’m sure there are lots of girls in the area who would like the opportunity to play football and this donation will help make that possible.”

(Lead image: Persimmon Homes)

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