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Royals help with kit charity

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According to the Evostik League's website  - http://­evostikleague.­pitchero.­com/­royals-answer-charity-call-11298/ thousands of young Gambian players have Sutton Coldfield Town to thank after the Evo-Stik NPL First Division South club acted as internet middle man for football charity Kit Aid.
 
Coaches at the African state’s Gift of Nema Football Academy emailed the Royals for help and after a flurry of emails between them, Royals secretary Bill Worship and the charity, a delivery of kit and training aids was duly dispatched.
 
KitAid is a charity that sends unwanted football kit to children and adults across Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

It started in 1998 when Derrick Williams, Three Valleys Water employee, visited Tanzania with the charity WaterAid. Derrick, who is passionate about football, realised that the young children in villages in Tanzania shared the same love of football.

When he returned home, Derrick spoke to work colleagues and friends and shortly afterwards the first box of donated football kit was on its way to the children he'd met in Tanzania.

The willingness of people around him, led Derrick on to set up KitAid and the appeal has grown year on year with a total of around 10,000 children receiving shirts, kit and footballs in Tanzania, Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria and Eastern Europe.
 
Sutton Coldfield Secretary Bill Worship said the club was delighted to act as middle men after he received the original email from Gambia asking for aid and were looking forward to doing more themselves now they's seen the charity swing into action.
 
He said: "It takes nothing to acknowledge an email and it is great to know something good has come out of it like this. I like to try and answer every email and we just put them together with Kit Aid who did the rest. I’ll be certainly be carrying on with the policy as you never know who you could help.

"We have a 3G pitch that is used day and night seven days a week so we’re thinking about asking the players and teams who use it to donate and we’ll be passing them on to Kit Aid too."
 
Kit Aid’s founder Derrick Williams, MBE, said: "The Evo-Stik NPL partnership paid dividends once again and we were really pleased to have helped share kit and contacts via our charity partner Football Gambia."
 
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