Power NI shines a light on Ballykeel Youth FC

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Ballykeel Youth Football Club kickstarts the season with new training kits, thanks to Power NI’s staff sponsorship scheme ‘Helping Hands.’

The Ballymena based Football Club received a £300 community grant through Power NI’s staff initiative, which gives employees the opportunity to nominate local groups and organisations to receive funding. Thanks to the nomination by Power NI employee, and parent of Ballykeel Youth FC, Roy Bell, the club will be able to cover the costs of new football kits to kickstart the season.

Ballykeel Youth Football Club was founded in 2020, with the aim of filling in the gap for the boys and girls from the greater Ballymena Area who had been looking for an organised sporting event.

With the help from Power NI, the community and the local church, the club was able to press ahead thanks to the commitment from James Weir (Club Chairman). Since then, the club has recently succeeded, with over ninety children getting involved and going from strength to strength.

Delighted with the funding, Roy commented:

“Ballykeel Youth Football Club are grateful for all the community and business support offered which has enabled the club to get off the ground and three age group teams started. A special thank you must be extended to Power NI’s staff sponsorship scheme, ‘Helping Hands’ scheme for helping us keep children healthy and active, striking the right balance between technology and exercise."

Team Manager and Liaison Committee Member, James Weir also commented:

“The community in Ballykeel has suffered some heavy blows to morale in 2020. Power NI support through one of our parents makes moving on with the project a little bit easier to manage.”