College donates dozens of football and rugby shirts to charity KitAid

More than seven bags of football and rugby kits have been donated to charity KitAid by Warrington Collegiate to help those less fortunate.

The kits – a mixture of football, rugby and even a basketball kit – will be sent to children and adults across the world.

Jez Deus, Sport Technician and Reprographics Assistant at Warrington Collegiate, handed over the shirts to Natalie Hodgson from KitAid earlier this month.

The charity was set up by Derrick Williams MBE in 1998 following a visit to Tanzania with WaterAid.

Football mad Derrick was amazed at the reception he received from children and adults in remote villages just because he was wearing his favourite football shirt.

After two weeks in Tanzania, a flame was lit in Derrick’s heart and he was on a mission to provide kit and equipment to the bare-footed children playing with footballs made of tied string and plastic bags.

Now, 18 years later, KitAid has former England manager Graham Taylor OBE as its patron, an army of volunteers and has sent out more than 275,000 items of kit to children and adults in 40 different countries across the world.

Jez said: “KitAid is an absolutely fantastic charity that helps people all across the world with the power of sport. The thought of our old kits going on to help those less fortunate is really heart-warming and is exactly what the sporting community is all about.”