Kits 4 Africa

Matthew Hornshaw is an English FA Level 2 qualified football coach and his love of football and a desire to pass on knowledge and fun to children has become a passion and has shaped his thinking ever since.

 

Following visits to various African countries and picking up on the love and passion shown for the beautiful game wherever he went, Matt realised that football played a big part in life with men, women and children from all social sectors and communities taking an interest and in some ways using football as an escape from daily challenges. Here lay the opportunity to form a wonderful and fulfilling partnership to enable communities to use football for the greater good.

 

So, with help from football clubs, parents and players in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Matt set up an inititiative to engage with local African schools and Kits 4 Africa was born!

 

Following discussions with the British Council South Africa, Matt linked with local schools to see if he could help them with anything football related that would aid the children in engaging with each other, their teachers and the local community, rather than missing school and potentially ending up in trouble.

 

Matt joined forces with the British Council South Africa and, with fantastic support from Hull City AFC, one of the club's old junior team kits was handed over to a school in the townships of Johannesburg. With the additional fantastic help of local football clubs, including Cottingham Rangers and North Ferriby United, and from local professional club Hull City AFC, Kits 4 Africa had gone soccer mad!

 

This was only the start and now Kits 4 Africa has moved on to Ghana and Nigeria and is beginning to collect supporters and benefactors. Plans to stage local small sided competitions between schools are afoot and already coaching has been undertaken in Ghana.

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