Richmondshire junior football club supplies kit to African school

Mutake School children.

A junior football club is forming links with football lovers in Africa.

Richmond Rockets Junior Football Club have collected football kit which is being sent to children attending a rural primary school in Zimbabwe.

The link came about after club secretary Mandy Bogojevic had a recent chance encounter with an old friend, Yolanda Richards, who lived in Zimbabwe until 2008 and has since been helping a small school in the country called Mutake School.

Yolanda said: “During the recent Rugby World Cup, I was inspired by how sports lifted him out of poverty.

“I know the children at Mutake School like to play football and after speaking to Mandy we began to discuss the idea of connecting the children.”

Richmond Rockets have started to collect a large amount of football kit to be taken out to Zimbabwe over the Christmas period.

Mandy said the children had seen photos of Mutake School and have been shocked at the bareness of the classrooms and that they play football with a ball made from plastic bags.

“I am very thankful and excited to be able to take the football clothing donated by Richmond Rockets and I know the Mutake football team is going to be absolutely thrilled,” Yolanda said.

Mandy and husband Pete, who is the club’s coach and chair, said: “We feel that this is a fantastic opportunity for our young players to learn about the culture and lifestyle of the children from Zimbabwe, and to compare the opportunities that they have, within their shared interest in football.”

Richmond Rockets with some of the donated kit.

Richmond Rockets are launching Mini Rockets for girls and boys aged four to six, starting on January 4.

These sessions will run in Richmond School Sports Hall from 1pm to 2pm and will be a fun introduction to playing football.

The club is still welcoming players of any ability from Year 2 and 3 to come and join their U7s and U8s teams.

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For more details on the club and the Mutake School link click here.


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  1. What an absolutely lovely story! So good to hear some positive news, am sick of all the general doom amd gloom reporting out there. Thank you all involved for doing this.

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