Prince of Wales visits Bourton Rovers
Prince of Wales Lodge No951, meeting at Stow on the Wold Masonic Hall, went to watch local youth team Bourton Rovers on a chilly January afternoon. They had not only a cheque for £1000 to present but also came with a promise to continue to support the club for the next four years. The lodge are delighted to report that the under 13s team rounded off the event by winning their match! Members of the lodge joined parents and supporters in the club house at half time.
Katherine Williams told them: “Bourton Rovers Youth is completely run by local volunteers who dedicate so much time and effort to make the club a success. With over 220 current layers and a waiting list of over forty players we are constantly exploring avenues to expand. L As a non-profit club we really rely on sponsors to help us keep the club going, with Astro turf hire, equipment, and league fees costing us over £10,000 alone each season we could not continue without the support we receive from local businesses.
One particular donation that is very close to our hearts is our most recent donation from the Prince of Wales Freemasons Lodge No 951 based in Stow. Their very generous cheque was presented to our club at one of our U13’s games on Sunday.
This cheque has been specifically given to help those children and their families affected most by the living crisis we are currently in. With their generous donation they have made it possible for a number of children to be part of our football club on a “no fee basis”.
Being able to offer this to many families and children is truly wonderful! With weekday training, weekend games, social events and summer tournaments we have seen first-hand that out of school sport really does make a huge impact on a young player’s wellbeing.
All our managers, coaches and volunteers are fully DBS checked, hold up to date Child Protection Certificates and are all trained up to a minimum of FA Level 1 Certificate or equivalent in Football training and are fully first aid qualified, so parents can rest assured that their children are in safe hands while training and competing with Bourton Rovers. So, on behalf of all of us at Bourton Rovers Youth, a massive thank you for your kind donation. The impact it will have on many young players mental & physical wellbeing will leave a long-lasting impression they will take with them throughout their Grassroots journey within youth football.”
Lodges have been supporting their local communities for over three hundred years so far and no doubt this four year deal will enable Bourton Rovers to not only enhance the lives of the young players but also bring people in the community together. After the restrictions of the Covid pandemic it is great to see people coming together again.