All kit­ted out by a do­na­tion

Club hum­bled by let­ter of thanks

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Robert Cum­ber robert.cum­ber@trin­i­tymir­

A YOUTH football club has proved its global ap­peal by do­nat­ing old kits to a school in Gam­bia.

Ex­plor­ers FC in Sip­son was thrilled to re­ceive photos this month of Bun­dung School’s squad sport­ing the club’s colours, hav­ing shipped out the old strip last year.

Club sec­re­tary Ali­son Ros­siter said: “It was ex­tremely hum­bling to re­ceive an amaz­ing let­ter thank­ing us for the do­na­tion, along with pho­to­graphs of them in our kits.

“We now have a reg­u­lar kit box be­ing shipped over to Gam­bia.”

The club, in Sip­son Way, was es­tab­lished in 1994 and has more than 170 mem­bers aged three to 15, with 15 teams.

It has won the Mid­dle­sex FA’s Char­ter Stan­dard De­vel­op­ment Club Award for two years run­ning, in recog­ni­tion of its work to de­velop both the tal­ents of its young play­ers and the man­age­ment and ref­er­ee­ing skills of its ded­i­cated vol­un­teers.

Head coach Bren­dan Ros­siter is now study­ing for a UEFA B li­cence, which is the sec­ond high­est prac­ti­cal coach­ing award avail­able.

As well as week­end coach­ing and matches the club runs a so­cial in­clu­sion pro­ject for chil­dren in the lo­cal com­mu­nity ev­ery Mon­day and Wed­nes­day, from 5.30pm to 7pm, with young­sters able to turn up and play for just £1.

The club’s an­nual tour­na­ment, tak­ing place on July 4 and 5 this year, at­tracts more than 160 teams from across the south east.

This year’s fam­ily fun day, which is open to all, will take place on Satur­day July 18, from 10am.

n STRIP: Pupils at Bun­dung School in their Ex­plor­ers FC kit

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