Rutland Youth Council’s cash helps Oakham United soccer schools

Ellen Thomas, 15, and Oakham United coach Andy Saddington
Ellen Thomas, 15, and Oakham United coach Andy Saddington
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A GRANT from a young community group has allowed a football club to run soccer schools for youngsters.

Oakham United applied for a £4,000 grant through the Rutland Youth Council earlier this year.

The club wanted to run a weekly session for 14 to 19-year-olds but needed money to hire the all-weather pitch at Catmose College.

They initially applied for £20,000 to run the school for five years, but were granted the lower amount so they could prove the sessions would work.

The club started the school in October and now gets 40 to 50 youngsters every week.

Marketing manager at Oakham United, Tony Nelson, said: “You can’t imagine how much it has helped. We are now able to provide this coaching for the young kids.”

The coaches for the school come from the senior side, which also provides all the equipment.

The club will apply again in April for a grant to keep the sessions going.

To find out more call Andy Saddington on 0773469714.