Grantham and Cranwell clubs pitch in to help young African footballers

Mos Kalbassi, of the Rotary Club of Grantham, surrounded by the huge amount of football kit to be sent overseas.
Mos Kalbassi, of the Rotary Club of Grantham, surrounded by the huge amount of football kit to be sent overseas.

Hundreds of football kits will be sent to young players in Africa thanks to a youth team and Rotary Club.

The Rotary Club of Grantham is sending more than 250 football shirts, shorts and socks thanks to Cranwell Junior Football Club.

Deborah Johnson, of Grantham College, whose husband Steve is the coach at the club, contacted Rotarian Mos Kalbassi to offer the surplus kit to be used for the Rotary Youth Service deserving causes.

Delighted about this gift, Mos contacted Rotary District who were in the process of sending other gifts to Gambia and the whole consignment will now go on same container, to be distributed among enthusiastic young footballers in that country.

Rotarian Roger Graves said: “The youngsters and their trainers will be delighted to receive such a donation, especially as they are from the home of football, England, and that they are of such good quality and design.

“This is a great example of the community and Rotary working together to put to good use unwanted items which would be so cherished by those less fortunate in far away places. The Rotary Club of Grantham would like to thank Deborah and Steve and the team at Cranwell Junior FC.”