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Engineers dig deep for Dearham juniors

L-R: Coach Scott Walker, Jim Loxam from C2V+, junior players Tom Farley and Matt Oglanby, Paul Wheadon from United Utilities and club secretary Richard Manchester.

Junior footballers in West Cumbria will be training in style thanks to a donation from engineers on a nearby construction project.

Dearham Rangers FC, near Cockermouth, received £300 for new training equipment from water company United Utilities and its construction delivery partner C2V+.

United Utilities is upgrading the village’s treatment works and is also designing improvements to the wastewater network to reduce the risk of flooding.

Coach Scott Walker said: “To keep a junior football club going takes a lot of time and effort from volunteers and without this type of contribution running a club becomes even more difficult. We have teams at U11, U12 and U14 age groups and this will enable us to invest in better training equipment and strips for the kids and we are extremely grateful.”

Third party co-ordinator for United Utilities Paul Wheadon, said the donation was a thank you to the community for its patience while waiting for improvements to get under way. Project staff are due to provide an update on progress to a meeting of the parish council at the end of February.

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