Energy firm power up Kippax Welfare juniors

A four-figure grant from a renewable energy firm has given community club Kippax Welfare’s youngest players a boost.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 5:45 am
Kippax Welfare's youngest players have received a welcome boost. Picture by Gary Longbottom.

The club have used a £1,000 cash injection from Banks Renewables, via the Banks Community Fund, to buy new training tops for their under-sixes squad and playing tops for the under-eights.

Kippax run junior teams at almost every level from sixes through to under-18s, with around 25 players in each age group squad.

Players are drawn from Kippax, Allerton Bywater, Methley and Mickletown.

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Chris Longfellow, coach of the under-sixes, said: “Most of our youngest recruits have obviously never played the game before and don’t have the kit they need to play it to begin with.

“While this is never a barrier to new players joining us, having matching training and playing kit which they’ll be able to use for a good couple of years will really help everyone feel like they belong to a team and will be great for morale.”

Banks Renewables owns and operates the nearby Hook Moor wind farm and is the company behind the proposed Barnsdale Solar Energy Park.

Spokesman Lewis Stokes said: “Kippax Welfare is a fantastic example of everything a community sports club should be and we’re very pleased to be supporting its ambition to offer as much as it can to its young players.”