23 June 2021
Mr Jones, Curriculum Leader of PE has been working with the charity KitAid, who source unwanted football kit and distribute it to children in other parts of the world.
KitAid is a charity set up by, Derrick Williams MBE, who visited Tanzania on a WaterAid supporters’ trip in 1998. Derrick, being a mad footie fan, was amazed at the reception he received from children and adults in remote villages just because he wearing his favourite football shirt.
After two weeks in Tanzania, a flame was lit in Derrick’s heart and he was on a mission to provide kit and equipment to the bare-footed children playing with footballs made of tied string and plastic bags. Twenty one years on, KitAid has lots of volunteers and to date we’ve sent out 700,000+ kits to children and adults in 55 different countries across the world. As you know, Newall Green High School will close it’s doors permanently at the end of this school year, and as we say goodbye to our final Year 11 cohort, we find positivity in being able to donate almost new sports kits to help young people who are struggling.
Mr Jones said, ‘I just love the idea that by working with KitAid, we can help to support children in other parts of the world and that our almost new kit, which has had such little use to due to the pandemic, can be reused and bring joy to other young people who have a passion for sport but perhaps not the resources we are lucky enough to have access to in the UK.’