Baston FC boosted by £1,000 donation from Persimmon

Winners of the PFA Challenge Cup Baston FC. EMN-150427-102959009
Winners of the PFA Challenge Cup Baston FC. EMN-150427-102959009

An expanding football team has been boosted by a £1,000 donation from an East Midlands builder.

Baston Football Club, which plays in the Peterborough District League, has received the four-figure cheque from Persimmon Homes East Midlands.

The donation comes as part of Persimmon Homes’ Community Champions project, which will see a pot of £24,000 being given to local groups and charities over the next 12 months.

Baston FC was formed in 2005. Last season the club ran two adult sides and the club’s first team is now just one promotion away from reaching the first rung of Football League pyramid, known as step seven.

For the forthcoming 2015/16 season the club is expanding into junior and youth football, as well as introducing a Sunday side.

Phil Davies, from Baston FC, said: “We’re going to run an under-12s side as well as an academy for under-fives to under-sevens, in association with two local schools in the village.

“We are extremely grateful to Persimmon Homes East Midlands for this donation. We are going to use the money to support the purchase of equipment, including goalposts, bibs and balls.”

Simon McDonald, deputy managing director at Persimmon Homes East Midlands, said the community initiative was a way of supporting people across areas where the company works.

He said: “We are very proud to hand over this donation to Baston FC. The club has made great strides in the last 10 years and we are delighted to be supporting them as they move into youth football.”

The Persimmon Community Champions initiative is a national programme where charities and groups can apply for funding up to the value of £1,000 to match money they have already raised themselves. Nationwide the company will donate £750,000.

To apply visit www.persimmonhomes.com/charity.