FEMALE footballers in Leamington are celebrating after netting a share of £24,000.
Leamington Lions Girls FC has been handed £1,000 funding from Persimmon Homes South Midlands as part of its Community Champions programme.
The club currently offers girls aged seven to 18 the chance to play competitive football and it is hoped the money will contribute to the ongoing sustainability of the club as well as helping to train three new football coaches.
A portion of the cash windfall will go towards purchasing a new set of football goals, a new football strip as well as training equipment and a new first aid kit.
Club secretary Stuart Crutchley said: “We are all so excited at the thought of receiving such a generous donation, which will initially be used to put three new coaches through the level one course.
“We will also be fielding a brand new under-nines team, which is a first at our club, along with entering an under-tens team into this season’s Central Warwickshire Girls Football League.”
Persimmon Homes South Midlands Managing Director, Andy Peters said: “This is a fantastic football club with passionate and dedicated coaches.
“It is great to see the Leamington Lions offering girls a pathway into the sport and we hope our donation will make their 2015/16 campaign as successful and enjoyable as possible.”
The club has also held a range of different fundraisers throughout the year including discos, race nights and BBQs.