ELLESMERE Port Panthers are to set up two new squads after receiving a £4,000 grant from the National Lottery.
The team, which fields its sides in the National League, has now created an under 13s boys side and a senior women’s team.
Coach Chris Hinchliffe said: “The club is bursting at the seams. We needed a bridge between the primary age group and the older youngsters and we also needed a senior side for our U16 girls to move into.
“Unfortunately as we play in the National League we have to travel a lot and that is expensive so we couldn’t afford to run two more teams.
“The money from the Awards for All Lottery funding scheme will pay for kit and will also cover a lot of the extra fuel bills for taking the team to play matches in Newcastle, Ipswich, Southend, all over the place.”
Michelle McNamee, Big Lottery Fund head of the North West region, said: “Awards for All supports activities that benefit people right across the age range and in many different fields. Some projects are innovative while others are less eye-catching but do absolutely essential work in their local communities.”