A Bridlington-based construction audit and contract provider has chosen to support an all-girls football club to receive donations towards its development, supporting the women to succedd in a male-dominated sport.
Hudson Contract launched a campaign at the start of the World Cup in June, asking their network to nominate deserving clubs who would be in with the chance of winning a share of a £2,000 prize.
The company decided to double the amount from an original £1,000 prize due to the strength of entries received.
Founder and chairman of Hudson Contract, David Jackson said: “The initiative was inspired by the British public’s overwhelming support for the England team both in the run-up to and during this year’s World Cup.
“Many of our contacts in the construction industry are avid football fans, with children that play in local teams and that prompted us to start thinking about the next generation of footballers.
“Our attention was drawn to the much-needed funding required to ensure that our youth teams can continue to exist and we wanted to help in any way we could.”
From the entries received, Kingfisher FC in Redditch – an all-girls club with teams playing at senior, under 15s, under 11s and under 10s – was selected to win the grand prize of £1,000.
Katie Edwards, founder of Kingfisher FC, said: “We managed several girls’ football teams under different clubs and it never really felt like the girls were getting enough attention.
“From getting equipment to financial support, the girls always seemed to be bottom of the pile.
“In May 2017, my partner and I decided to start the all-girls’ club.
“Over a year on and we now have a Wildcats development centre for girls looking to start playing football.
“We’re thrilled to have been chosen by Hudson Contract as the winner and their generous donation has been put to good use funding both goals and a brand-new kit for our Under 10 team (pictured above) who have just made their debut on the pitch.”