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Collecting shirts for Africa

A kind-hearted business owner from Stamford will be sending football shirts 8,000 miles and a little bit closer to home.

Glenn Vaughan, the founder and owner of One Touch Football Soccer School based in Essendine, is collecting old and unwanted football shirts to distribute to Malawi in Africa and also to the local community.

Cottesmore AFC joint manager Rich Giblin presents Glenn Vaughan with some shirts (6211905)
Cottesmore AFC joint manager Rich Giblin presents Glenn Vaughan with some shirts (6211905)

“I just thought at this time of year it would be a good thing to do because lots of people, especially children, get new football shirts for Christmas,” said the 30 year-old.

“Every year we try to some something different and this time last year we collected any unwanted football boots and distributed them to those who would be very grateful for them.

“We collected 10,000 pairs of boots which was a huge success so we chose shirts this year.

“With new shirts coming out regularly and being so expensive, hopefully this will stop so many going to waste.

“We want to make Christmas a bit special for those who don’t have the things that we take for granted.

“It’s that time of year where a lot of people can struggle.

“Some of our shirts will also go to local care homes.”

Glenn said that the parent of a child who uses One Touch Football, and works in the RAF, will be helping send the shirts abroad.

Collection points for shirts include Bourne Youth Centre, Ryhall Playing Fields, Cottesmore AFC and the One Touch Football base at the Glen Industrial Estate.

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