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Airport grant can help football lads hit new heights

A SOLIHULL football team is celebrating after netting a grant of over £700 from Birmingham Airport's Community Trust Fund, enabling them to purchase vital equipment.

A SOLIHULL football team is celebrating after netting a grant of over £700 from Birmingham Airport's Community Trust Fund, enabling them to purchase vital equipment.

The cash windfall has helped Ulverley Hawks FC to buy new corner flags, nets and balls.

Formed back in 1990 the club supports 11 different teams from under-sevens to under-16s.

The Hawks, as they are known, ply their trade in the Central Warwickshire League, with many of the teams performing well in the top divisions while players at the club are often being monitored by professional clubs.

John Morris, Birmingham Airport's head of corporate affairs, said: "Helping projects and organisations such as this is exactly what the Community Trust Fund was set up to achieve. Ulverley Hawks is a well established club, offering local children and teenagers the chance to improve their foot balling skills and we hope that the new equipment will come in useful this season and for many more after that."

Steve Fackrell, Ulverley Hawks FC's chairman, said: "It is great that we have received this grant which has enabled us to purchase equipment that we were desperately in need of such as nets, flags and balls. There are a lot of people involved with the club who put in a lot of hard work behind the scenes and we are delighted."

BIA's Community Trust Fund, which was set up to help local causes, has already handed grants to over 400 projects, totalling nearly £900,000, with recipients varying from dance clubs to Scout groups.

Twice a year, groups can apply for a Community Trust Fund award of up to £3,000 to help finance community or environ-mentally-focused projects with the Airport Company donating £50,000 to the initiative. Additional funds are raised by fines imposed on airlines that exceed the airport's noise violation levels.

 

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