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Contractor helps grassroots football club

By Juliet Whitcombe

Bam Nuttall Kier joint venture (BNK), who are carrying out piling work for the new Crossrail Whitechapel station, have kicked off their Community Investment Programme with a generous £4,000 donation to go towards new kit for local football club Senrab FC. 

Senrab were formed in Stepney in 1961 and have up to 400 players between the ages of five and 17. The club is an important focal point for young people in the community, encouraging them to channel their energy into sport and developing qualities such as leadership, cooperation and personal responsibility.

Despite their reputation for having produced some of the country's finest talent (including Sol Campbell, Ledley King, John Terry and Jermaine Defoe), the club struggles to survive. Through their donation BNK have helped ensure that Senrab FC can continue to fulfil their vital role at the heart of the community.

Club Secretary, Tony Carroll, described the donation as “life blood to the club” explaining that it could not exist without support from local businesses.

BNK will add to their Community Investment Programme in the coming weeks by offering free Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) and Health and Safety training for unemployed local residents, equipping them with some of skills needed to begin work in construction. They will also team up with residents at Trahorn Close (adjacent to the Crossrail worksite in Whitechapel) to regenerate some local gardens, including providing new shrubs, trees and lighting, and updating the children's play area. This particular project will be strengthened, and the future upkeep of the gardens further ensured, by being combined with gardening skills courses laid on by BNK, and a donation of gardening tools.

Crossrail’s initiative to support community projects and local charities is the first of its kind. Our ambitiousCommunity Investment Programme will help set the standard for future infrastructure projects.

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