Monday, February 01, 2010
Kick it back to Kenya
Last Summer Philip (centre of pic), a PE teacher at Catcote School in Hartlepool, volunteered in Naivaisha, along with colleague, Andrew (right), delivering football coaching sessions and assisting with a local man's dream to create a football academy for the street kids.
They made strong links with the coaches over there, including their FIFA-trained local host, Michael. All three see football as "a fantastic tool to help the children develop socially and physically".
Since his return to the UK, Philip has been discussing the issues he witnessed with his own pupils, who decided they would like to help. As a class they decided on the project name ‘Kick it Back to Kenya’. They hope to receive donations of old boots, shirts, balls, cones "anything that you might consider to be worthless could be priceless to a child". They have posters around their local sports centres and are contacting the local media to raise publicity.
On March 21st the Catcote School will be participating in the Sports Relief Mile in Hartlepool, a chance for the young people involved to raise money to send over the first collection of items. Anything that can be donated would be extremely appreciated. Please contact us if you can help.