By Deal Town

Children at a school in Uganda are now playing football in shirts formerly worn by the Hoops.
The shirts are one of around 20 sets of old kit that the club have donated to the UK-based “Wear A Sports Shirt Day” charity and which were presented to the project’s organiser, Julian Chenery, before last month’s home game with Crowborough Athletic.
Julian, who founded the charity six years ago, has since visited Africa to present one of the kits to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Senior Secondary School in Uganda.
He said: “Most Saturday’s in the football season see me at a non-league club collecting old and non-longer required kits which I then present to football clubs, schools and youth organisations in Africa.
“I am really grateful for the donation that we received from Deal Town as well as for their welcome and hospitality which was second to none and made the day all the more enjoyable.
“Apart from collecting old sports kits and school uniforms we also hold an annual ‘Wear A Sports Shirt Day’ where people in the UK wear sports shirt to work and donate old sportswear.
“And, outside of sport. the project has expanded to include school uniforms and this year in particular a lot of schools have become involved passing on uniform.”
Hoops chairman Dave Chmura said: “Over the years we have built up lot of old kits and we thought what better way for them still to be of use than by giving them to Julian’s splendid charity, and at the same time spreading the name and badge of our club.”
You can learn more about the “Wear A Sports Shirt Day” charity on their Facebook page.

Photo: Julian Chenery (centre) and two of his colleagues from the “Wear A Sports Shirt Day ” charity being presented with old Hoops shirts by three of the club’s volunteers, Del, Kay and Chris

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