Gloucestershire clubs unite to kit out Gambian Youth Academy

A number of non-league clubs within Gloucestershire have united to help provide kit and equipment to a youth football academy in Gambia.

Sides like Slimbridge, Dursley Town and AFC Renegades joined up with Gloucestershire Northern Senior League side Upton St Leonards who orchestrated the donations during the lockdown period.

The kits have now arrived with the YiriNganya Football Academy and Upton have received videos from the local media.

The presentation of the kits to the academy made the local news on Gambian TV

We spoke to Upton’s Nick Musty who told us about the donations and how it all came about.

“When the season was halted due to the pandemic, Upton st Leonard’s used it as an opportunity to sort through our old kits.

We got in touch with my brother in laws brother, Lamin who lives in Reading as he sends containers of clothes and toys etc. over to a small village in Gambia.

We went on Twitter and asked various other clubs for donations of old kit and the response was awesome. Led by our first team manager Lewis Scott and reserve team manager Ashley Bick, we collected lots of kits from teams all over the county.

The kit arrived in Gambia this week and we were sent some videos of the players opening them. There was an official ceremony led by the village mayor and the CEO of the football academy they have gone to and it really does make it worthwhile,” Musty said.

Musty told Severn Sport that Upton will be hoping to send over more donations to YiriNganya Football Academy at the end of the 2020/21 season and have asked for any clubs interested in joining them to get in touch!

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