Windfarm to provide a cash harvest for football team

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a DONCASTER community group has received a boost from the Tween Bridge Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund.

Thorne United Football Club is among the first few to receive grants from the fund – and more groups are being encouraged to apply to see if they might benefit too.

The club aims to get children out of the house, off the streets and playing football.

It says it helps to develop social skills, physical health and a sense of community through positive inspirational activity.

Thorne United received £3,700 to help them expand and develop what the club can offer by setting up two new teams, including a girls’ team.

Shaun Wilson, club secretary, said: “TUFC currently have twice-weekly training sessions, with about 14 young people involved, and the team plays in a local league at the weekend.

“The club wants to increase how many young people are involved through a mini soccer under eights team, to introduce youngsters to football, and through joining a non-competitive league.”

The club is led by a group of volunteers. They hope to use the cash to train more volunteer coaches.

The Tween Bridge Wind Farm Community Benefits Fund – from energy company E.ON and managed by South Yorkshire Community Foundation – is looking to do more to support local groups.

Applications are now open for the fund.

Community groups that lie within a three-mile radius of the Tween Bridge Wind Farm boundary could be eligible to apply to the fund – see for details.

Lauren Chater, of E.ON, said “This is just the first set of community groups to benefit from the fund.”