A Suffolk shipping firm has donated a large sum to Claydon FC girls' team to help them attend an initiation-only football tournament in Nottingham. 

The under-14 Claydon FC side had their first match set for June 22, but the team required money to accommodate the costs of travel and accommodation and set up a JustGiving page.

MSC UK a cargo, shipping and logistics company with headquarters based in Ipswich, as well as being one of the sponsors of Ipswich Town, donated £500 to the team so they can attend the ACES national tournament in Nottingham this summer.  

An MSC spokesperson said: "As a large local employer, we have many employees whose families benefit greatly from local clubs and groups, such as Claydon U14’s Girls Team, and we are proud to play a small part in supporting their future."

East Anglian Daily Times: The team are greateful to the generosity of local businessesThe team are greateful to the generosity of local businesses (Image: Adam McTigue)The ACES National Football Tournament in Nottingham is run across four weekends and is a national footballing festival where both boys' and girls' junior teams are invited to represent their region on a national stage. 

More than 15,000 players, managers, and spectators are expected to be attending the event that will take place in Riverside Sports Complex, Nottingham.

Scouts from professional clubs, across the premier, WSL and football league will be attending the event on the lookout for the next junior player to make it as a professional in this field. 

Rachel Martin, one of the team managers, was thankful for the donation.

He said: "We are all overwhelmed by the generosity of local companies in this fundraiser.

"The receipt of this extra gift from MSC will help make sure our girls have a really special experience it takes a bit of pressure off the volunteers who would normally have to fund it ourselves."