Caterham on the Hill parish councillors recently presented Caterham Pumas youth football club with a cheque for £1,000, to help fund their new first aid room.
The club's welfare officer and social media manger, Holly Basden:
“Caterham Pumas is a community football club, run completely by volunteers, including the committee and coaches. We have over 700 children signed up, with more than 40 football teams registered across the Epsom and Ewell and Surrey leagues, playing on both Saturdays and Sundays. We also provide a free mini-soccer school every Sunday morning for over 150 children, from age 4.
This new cabin will provide shower rooms, changing rooms, office space, and disabled toilet facilities. Thanks to the grant provided to us by the Parish Council we will be able to create a new first aid room with portable stretcher, height adjustable couch with privacy screen and couch roll dispenser, lockable cabinet for PPE and first aid kits and sterilising area, including a sink for hand washing and cleaning of wounds. We already have an AED but it will be moved into the first aid room so that it is available to all.
We are so immensely proud of everything that Caterham Pumas stands for and how far the club has come since it was created.
We are a community football club which strives to be inclusive and accessible to everyone, irrespective of their age, gender or abilities. Our plans for the future include a walking football team, and supporting those with physical disabilities to enjoy and play football. This is why our cabin plans include a 'Changing Places' facility complete with hoist, panic cord, changing bench and electric automatic door.”
The club have produced branded scarves to help raise further proceeds towards the clubhouse extension. The scarves cost £15: if you are a supporter, friend or player of the club and would like one please contact Neal on 07958 409057.