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Amateur club awarded donation from The Co-operative Bank

A Manchester based football club is celebrating after being awarded £1,000 from The Co-operative Bank’s Community Donation Fund.

Manchester City Stars Football Club provides playing, coaching and refereeing opportunities for people with disabilities in the Greater Manchester area.

The Club holds football sessions each week with an average 30 people of varying abilities and disabilities taking part. From these sessions, Under 16 and adult teams are entered into the Greater Manchester Ability Counts League.

“This creates a pathway for disabled individuals to access football training, develop and socialise with others within a safe and secure environment,” according to Club Secretary Daniel Landstrom.

Through its links with the Manchester Adolescent Cochlear Implant Programme at the University of Manchester, the Club recently identified a lack of opportunities for young deaf footballers in Manchester.

To fill the need, money from the Fund will be used to deliver two disability soccer schools for hearing impaired young people from across the North West and Manchester.

The money will cover the costs of the venue, transport, coaches and equipment, plus prizes for the participants.

“Without the funding it would have been difficult to deliver the sessions as we rely on funding and grants to support the work we do,” Daniel says.

“Accessing the money was quick and simple and will help improve the lives of the people who participate in the activities.”


You could benefit


To apply to the Community Donation Fund you must be a Co-operative Bank customer with a Community Directplus account. This account offers free* banking and great benefits to charities, community groups and social enterprises.

To find out more call 0800 783 4741 or visit www.­commu­nity­dir­ectplus.­co.­uk




The Co-operative Bank is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority
(No. 121885), subscribes to the Lending Code, is a member of the Financial Ombudsman Service and is licensed by the Office of Fair Trading (No. 006110).

The Co-operative Bank p.l.c., P.O. Box 101, 1 Balloon Street, Manchester M60 4EP. Registered in England and Wales No. 990937.

*Free banking relates to standard transactions. The Co-operative Bank reserves the right to review the account tariff for customers whose credit turnover exceeds £1m per annum, who deposit more than £100,000 cash per annum, or who deposit more than 5,000 cheques per annum. The Co-operative Bank reserves the right to decline any application.

Co-operative Financial Services Limited, Registered Office: New Century House,
Manchester M60 4ES. Registered Number IP29379R.

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