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Cumbrian under-13s team donates football kit to Zimbabweans

A small Cumbrian football club has found a new home for its old strips – more than 5,000 miles away in Africa.

Northbank team photo
Northbank Under-13s

The Under-13 Northbank team, who play in Carlisle, have donated their old kit to Gomola Primary School, which is south of Kwekwe in Zimbabwe.

They handed over their old shirts, shorts and football socks to one of the African school’s teachers, Elias Tome.

Neil Bulman, coach of the team, said this is not the first time the club has given its strips away.

He said: “In the past we used to send them to a firm that distributed them around Africa, but I thought it would be nice to send it directly and I heard about Elias being here.

“It is nice, because Elias will be able to send us photos back of his team of children.”

Mr Bulman is also looking forward to receiving letters detailing how well the Zimbabwean team does.

The red and white Northbank strip was worn by the current Under-13 players when they were playing for the Under-12 side. Mr Bulman said that season “was not bad” for his team, and is hoping the strips will bring some success to the African youngsters.

Mr Tome is in the UK with a British Council scheme which links schools with others around the world. He also visited Brook Street Primary School, in St Aidans, Carlisle.

The teacher said he was delighted to receive the strips, joking: “I am going to be a Northbank fan from today – I feel sad to inform Manchester United that they have lost a fan.”

Mr Tome added his gratitude on behalf of the young Africans who will benefit from the donation.

“Football is very popular in Zimbabwe,” he said.

“My team does very well but resources are very scarce, so Neil has come in and I believe these strips will be put to good use.”


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