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Cash boost helps furnish new classroom to educate sports stars of the future at Carlton Town’s academy

A football academy in Gedling has received £1,000 towards furnishing its new classroom to help support up and coming sporting stars.

Carlton Town FC was presented the donation from Persimmon Homes Nottingham through the regional housebuilder’s Community Champions scheme, which donates up to £2,000 to community groups each month.

The Nottinghamshire club which plays in Northern Premier League East division and runs 20 junior teams has successfully managed its academy team for two years.

The Academy offers students a BTEC qualification in Sport while being part of the club’s team. The club is currently improving its classroom and the housebuilder funds will go towards new furniture.

Dave Hodgson, Strategic Development Officer from Carlton Town FC, said: “We are delighted with the success of the Academy, we have a dedicated team to guide and support the students through their studies. We are currently exploring the development of a degree programme to create multiple pathways for our students to progress a career in sport.

“The classroom facilities needed to be upgraded. Most of the work has been funded by the club and completed by a team of volunteers.

“We host a lot of fundraising events to cover these costs, but Persimmon Homes’ donation is a huge boost to our refurbishment plans. We can now get the work finished sooner than we had originally expected.”

Neil Follows, Persimmon Homes Nottingham, added: “We are delighted to support a club that encourages physical fitness in youngsters. As we are building in Gedling, at our Rivendell development, we expect many of your customers to benefit from the club’s facilities.”

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