Linwood Rangers Youth Football Club (LRYFC) are one of the first to benefit from the second round of Employee Grant Applications!
May this year saw our committee meet to award and distribute donations to a total of 39 grant applications that had been submitted by our colleagues at Pavers, Jones Bootmaker and Herring Shoes.
LRYFC received £1,000 after Lynn Boyle, Customer Advisor at Pavers in Linwood submitted an application to support the club. Lynn chose the cause for personal reasons as she often volunteers her time with the club to help fundraise. As well as this, her son and other close family members are involved with the team.
The donation will be put towards purchasing training kits and equipment for the club to use at their new training ground, Mossedge Village.
Who are LRYFC?
The club gives both boys and girls over the age of 5 the chance to play football in a team environment, increasing their knowledge of the game and developing their skills and techniques. LRYFC has around 280 players and 52 coaches, who all generously volunteer their time to support the club.
Located in Linwood, Renfrewshire, LRYFC recognises the importance of a youth football club and there is, and always has been a strong and passionate following for the club amongst members of this community.
The club was initially formed in 1971 by Alex Stephens, a local police officer who established the club to give young people a focus and to help keep them off the streets. He showed a strong commitment to the game and was very popular amongst the local community. Every year the club holds an 11 aside tournament called the Alex Stephens Tournament in memory of all their founder did for the club.
Lynn Boyle, Customer Advisor at Pavers in Linwood said:
“LRYFC is a big part of my boy's life as well as my life being a football mum. Training twice a week and playing every Saturday in the league games, for the past few years the boys have got stronger and stronger and this season they won the league and have moved up to 1st division for their age group.
LRYFC do a lot for the community keeping all the boy's fit and active and all the coaches and parents volunteer their time for the boys week in and week out. This money will help provide lots of training kits and materials for the boys in their new training ground that is being built and is nearly complete.”
LRYFC strives to make the game accessible and affordable for families by being inventive with fundraising activities to help fund the club. This includes bag-packing at a local supermarket, race nights, raffles, football cards, sponsored runs with the children and coaches and even completing scottish assault courses. Every child at the club pays £4-£6 to play, which includes a training kit, two nights training and a Saturday game.
Craig Hamilton, Head Coach at LRYFC said:
“We would like to thank the Pavers Foundation for this kind donation. The money will help to fund training sessions and equipment for all the teams that make up Linwood Rangers Youth Football Club”.
We’re thrilled to have kicked-off our second round by supporting Linwood Rangers Youth Football Club.
Keep your eyes peeled for more donations to come!