STOKE CITY star Rory Delap stepped back in time to relive his youth on Tuesday evening by spending time with a local group of Scouts . . . after they received funding from the Club's hugely popular Community Fund scheme.
The 36-year-old midfielder spent almost two hours with the youngsters at the recently renovated Audley Scouts Hut, where they displayed their culinary skills to the former Republic of Ireland international.
The money, which has been donated by the Football Club, has been used to purchase in house kitchen utensils for the Scouts group, thus allowing the youngsters to begin an in-house healthy eating campaign.
"It's great that the Club have been able to help out here and donate some money to the group which has allowed them to purchase the equipment which we have been using tonight," Delap told stokecityfc.com.
"It gives the children the opportunity to come here and learn to cook healthy food, and it gives them a focus too. It's helping them to do something interesting, and it's certainly better than them being out on the
He added: "I remember when I was younger and I was at Cubs, we had a good time then, but the facilities weren't as good as what they have here now. It's a good set-up here and obviously, It's a privilege to be
here spending time in their company."
"It's always nice to come out in to the community and give something back. Whether they go in to football, cooking or anything else, it's just good to come and show willing. You want to see youngsters of today on
the right track, and the Club helping them with money like they have done is a fantastic gesture."
The Community Fund is a grants scheme which will fund small, local community-based projects in Staffordshire and South Cheshire.
City hold a number of fund-raising activities over the course of the season including the Chairman's Annual Charity Ball which has generated significant sums of money for the nominated charities in that particular
From this season on however, it will be local groups, projects, community groups and self-help organisations who will benefit from this new Fund which has been set up to build upon excellent work already
undertaken in the community.
The grants are available between £100 and £1,000, but newly-formed groups can only apply for funding of up to £500.
The Community Fund has a limited amount of money, so in some cases a donation may be made towards funding of a project.
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