AFRICAN SOC­CER STARS KITTED BY MT DRUITT CLUB

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Marissa Ge­or­gopou­los

AS­PIR­ING soc­cer stars from Kenya are look­ing sharp thanks to the kind-hearted com­mu­nity of Mt Druitt Town Rangers FC.

This year the com­mit­tee and club mem­bers dug deep into their pile of ex­cess equip­ment and packed strips, socks, track­suits, bags and de­flated foot­balls for dis­tri­bu­tion to the less for­tu­nate.

Club sec­re­tary Scott Payer said they were de­lighted re­cently to see the gear be­ing used over­seas.

“It’s a bit of a buzz to get pho­tos of peo­ple run­ning around kicking balls on the other side of the world in our gear,” Mr Payer said.

“We fail to iden­tify some­times how for­tu­nate we are – and foot­ball is a com­mon voice. You put a foot­ball on the ground any­where in the world … you will over­come any bar­ri­ers such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

Ship­ping the items was made pos­si­ble by Rangers first-grade player Nathan Ralph, who started the In­ter­na­tional Foot­ball Ex­change.

Through the char­ity, Mr Ralph has sent al­most 7000 items to four coun­tries in about 12 months.

Mr Ralph ap­proached the Rangers know­ing they had over or­dered and un­used gear. The goods were do­nated to the 50strong Mig­ori Youth Ta­lent Academy.

“It is awe­some; it is al­ways a good thing to give back in what­ever way you can so it’s good to see the club do­ing that,” he said.

Mig­ori Youth Ta­lent Academy, in Kenya, wear­ing do­nated jer­seys and strips from the Mt Druitt Town Rangers.

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