College Makes Kenya Kit Donation
News - Thursday, 11th February, 2016
Over 300 football kits are to be donated to schools across Kenya thanks to a charity initiative organised by Preston’s College and Cadley Football Club.
The kit amnesty, which includes 16 bags of branded football shirts and shorts for children aged between 6 and 16, will be flown to Kenya on Saturday 13 February with eight charity volunteers from the Angel Welfare & Education Trust and distributed to sporty youngsters in developing communities.
The Preston-based charity has been helping to save and improve the lives of young people in western Kenya for more than a decade.
When Cadley FC heard they had been successful securing further sponsorship with the College they wanted to do something positive with the existing kit and through links within the community were put in touch with Angel Welfare & Education Trust.
Preston’s College has invested in Cadley Football Club, located at Conway Drive in Fulwood, for more than five years, helping its 21 teams ranging from U6s to U16s purchase new kit and equipment.
Carl Miles, head of marketing at Preston’s College, said: “As a College we’re committed to improving the communities around us and the kit donation extends some of the great work we do in Lancashire to help benefit impoverished communities in Kenya.
“We’ve a proud history sponsoring Cadley Football Club and are very excited to make a difference to Kenyan school children by offering the branded kits to a good home.”
Steve Flynn, chairman of Cadley Football Club, added: “After purchasing new kits at the start of this season we thought that a charity donation would be the best solution so that no items went to waste.
“To see our kit go overseas to help the less fortunate is extremely satisfying and hopefully the Kenyan children can get as much pleasure and enjoyment out of it as the hundreds of local youngsters that have done so throughout the years.
“This new sponsorship has been particularly exciting after we were approached by Macron who were keen to make inroads into the world of junior football; we have also been able to incorporate our club charity logo, JordanGrant18, within the shirts helping to promote heart screening as we play.”
Moin Saiyed, representative from the Angel Welfare & Education Trust, concluded: “We would like to thank Cadley Football Club and Preston’s College for their kind donation. School children in Kenya, where these kits are to be donated, don’t have the luxury of sportswear to help them in their physical activity.
“Over the past decade spent visiting the country, it’s clear that football is a really popular sport amongst the children, so this donation will help bring a big smile to their faces.”