The employer of a football coach is throwing its weight behind a young Cogan team by way of saying thanks for the time he spends volunteering to boost grassroots sports locally.

Lee Jefferies, who has worked at Wales & West Utilities for over 18 years, spends around seven hours each week volunteering as a coach for Cogan Coronation under 6’s and now, by way of supporting the volunteer efforts of its colleagues, the gas emergency and pipeline service has donated £300 which will go towards vital equipment.

Lee, 39, explains his involvement:

My second-born, Theo, started playing football last season for the under 6’s as there wasn’t an under 5’s team in place at the time. He asked me if I would help out with the coaching, and I told him that if he enjoyed it, and continued wanting to play, then I would put my hand up to do so this season. As it turns out, he really did enjoy it and I made sure I kept true to my word!

The club has just over 40 young players registered for the under 6’s and is looking to offer as many children as possible the opportunity to play.

Lee continued:

Grassroot sports, such as football, rely on volunteers to run the sides, and this can take a lot of time each week. I’m glad to be part of a team of coaches who are committed to improving the access to sports locally and to have the support from my employer is a big boost.

The donation has been put towards equipment such as balls, bibs and cones which will aid the young side in training.

Lee added:

This money will make a real difference to the children who join us each week. Not only will it take away some of the financial pressure from parents, but it will give our young side the best experience possible. On behalf of our team and their families I’d like to say thank you to Wales & West Utilities for lending a helping hand.

Wales & West Utilities provided the funding as part of its commitment to support the communities it serves and by way of supporting the volunteer efforts of its colleagues.

Bethan Jones, Head of Human Resources at Wales & West Utilities, said:

Our colleagues go the extra mile to support the communities in which they live, and work, and we are always delighted to support their efforts.

We’re happy to help Lee and the Cogan Coronation side as they seek to boost participation in the sport locally and hope this money will help them develop the skills needed to enjoy the game for years to come.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night.