A boost in financial support for the Greater Okotoks Football Association on Friday.

The group was presented with a cheque for $11, 206 by Highwood MLA Wayne Anderson on behalf of the provincial government through a grant with Alberta Culture and Tourism.

The funds will cover the cost of purchasing new equipment for the Foothills Eagles like uniforms, helmets, shoulder pads, and training bags.

Joe Liepert, head equipment manager, says the equipment makes a huge difference in the team's morale and safety.

"It's awesome for the kids to be able to go out there and they just feel better," he explains. "One of the best teams in the league was actually asking them where they got their uniforms and if they're sponsored because they look really good out there. With the helmets and the shoulder pads we have to provide the best stuff in a contact sport, we need to make sure they're going to be able to be protected."

Keighan Liepert, player for the Eagles, says the new equipment's been exciting for the team.

"It feels safer out there in quality equipment and you look good, you play good."


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