Players and coaches from Ripley Rangers FC are celebrating after the flourishing club received £3,000 from the Lloyds Bank Community Grant Fund.
Now in its second year, the Community Fund aims to help local people make a positive difference in the hearts of communities.
This year, over 1,500 community groups in nearly 400 communities across the UK will benefit from a Community Fund Award.
The club made it onto a local shortlist and members of the public were then asked to vote, either online or in branches of Lloyds, to decide which deserving causes would receive a grant, and Ripley Rangers was chosen as one of the successful applicants.
Club chairman Gary Hounslow explained: “The club finished in second place in the voting and everyone is thrilled with the monies received, which will be distributed amongst all age groups to provide warm weather clothing and anything the relative age groups need.
“A big thank you to Lloyds and to everyone who voted for the club to help them win the £3,000.
“It will make a massive difference and bring smiles to the faces of children and parents alike.”
The club would like to especially thank Charlie Lomas, who put the club forward for the grant, and Gareth Martin, vice-chairman of Ripley Rangers, for all his help and hard work.
Gary Hounslow continued: “It was an overwhelming response from the public and we’re so grateful to them and to Lloyds.
“In these times, with money tight for everyone, it’s a really welcome boost for the club.
“It’s a gesture of goodwill that’s really appreciated, because everything is done here on a voluntary basis.”
The club, now moving into its fourth year, runs ten teams, from u7s to u21s level, and attracts boys and girls from all over Amber Valley - and beyond.
For more on the club, see www.ripleyrangersfc.co.uk