A primary school and nursery near Whitchurch have received funding support from Starling Bank to purchase a new football kit and some sports equipment.

Tilstock CE Primary School and Nursery applied for the funding which has been designed to help reduce costs for grassroots clubs and get more women and girls in the game.

Due to a surge in women and girls wanting to play football since the Lioness’s historic EURO win, Jill Scott and Starling Bank launched its ‘Kick On with Starling’ initiative which has been developed in partnership with Gift of Kit, the initiative will give £200,000 worth of kit, equipment and coaching vouchers to grassroots football clubs that either have an existing women’s or girl’s team or are creating a pathway to get more women and girls involved.

Helen Bierton, Chief Banking Officer, Starling Bank said: “Women’s football has come so far in the last year; we cannot let the cost of living crisis derail that progress. That’s why we’ve developed Kick On with Starling. It’s the next phase of our commitment to levelling the playing field, giving grassroots clubs the help they need to make women and girls’ sporting ambitions come true.”

Rowena Kaminski, Headteacher added; “We are incredibly proud to receive this kit – our children look so smart. At Tilstock we provide a learning environment with an excellent outdoor provision where children can develop their own learning – this is enhanced with the support we have received from Starling Bank. We believe every child is unique and full of potential, so we passionately work to help them progress, achieve, and discover their given talents – helping them to ‘shine bright and reach for the stars.”

If you would like to find out more about Tilstock CE Primary School, please visit their website www.tilstockprimaryschool.co.uk and follow the school on Facebook @tilstockprimaryschool.