PRESS RELEASE: JUNE 2022
We our proud to announce that we have completed our Kit-To-Africa campaign, with hundreds of used football kits now on their way to Africa to be donated to under privileged children and young people.
Over the last few years we have stockpiled as much kit as possible, in order to send a sizeable contribution, and have finally managed to get the shipment arranged. The donation consists mainly of old playing and training kit from the club’s children, but was also bolstered by kit donations by children from other local clubs, including boots and training equipment.
Several local businesses have helped with the collation of the kit, as well as some of the young players from the club.
We are confident the kits will be put to good use and improve the football experiences of many young people in Africa. Many children in the communities we’re supporting have so little they play barefoot, and only own one or two sets of clothes. Football is an incredible tool for teaching values, having fun and bringing communities together, and hopefully some proper kit and equipment will help with that.
Hythe & Dibden YFC committee member James Golding said “As a youth football club we’re all about inclusivity and giving as many young people the opportunity to enjoy the sport. We’re very fortunate to be in a position where we can provide our young players with good quality playing kits, but weren’t comfortable with the idea of old kit going to waste. Putting this kit to good use in Africa is the perfect solution, it will give young people in less privileged parts of the world the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful game as we do. And it’s fantastic to know we’re making a positive difference to the lives of young people in another part of the world.”
Following the success of this campaign the club will continue the partnership every season, and hope to deliver an even better package next summer.