Colts collect footie kit for Africa

May 30 2018

A JUNIOR football team from Mangotsfield is on a mission to help provide kit and equipment for a community in The Gambia, West Africa.

The players, coaches and parents of Mangotsfield United Juniors Under 10 Colts have been collecting donations of old kit to send to the children of Ganjur, a small fishing village on the West coast of the African nation.

Their coach, Lee Selway, explained how the opportunity arose. “A colleague from the CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) team in the office was telling me about a project they’ve been supporting to help renovate the community centre. 

"He told me how the local children were all football-crazy but that they had very little kit or equipment.”

But it was Lee’s son, the team’s goalie, who was behind the idea to help. 

“We’re lucky to have new kits and all the right equipment for training”, said Ethan, nine. 

“My idea was to give them all of our old kit.” The players and parents of the Colts have been rooting through cupboards and trawling through wardrobes to track down donations for the children in Gambia.

The haul is impressive. “We’ve got old kits, football boots, shinpads, goalie gloves and trainers to pass on,” said  Lee.

All of the donations are being taken over in the next few weeks, when the next group of volunteers head out to Ganjur to help.

 “This is a fantastic gesture,” said Alex Davies, head of CSR at St James’s Place Wealth Management.

 “The kit will be put to great use and I know that the children will be really grateful.”