Mission: To deliver football kits to street children in Nairobi
Brentford FC have been helping to spread the message of football this Easter by donating kits to street children in Nairobi. Organised with the help of Royal Air Force man Mick Shuel MBE who works at Griffin Park on home match days, the kits were delivered to the East African country last week and handed over to the St Catherine’s School.
The school, which is run by the Sisters of Mercy provides education and food to some of the most impoverished children in the Kenyan capital, many of whom live in cardboard huts with no sanitation, little food and the dangers of predators using them in the prostitution world. Sport plays a key part in the school’s work with football being the sport of choice for many of the pupils.
The kit arrived just in time as the school had arranged two games for the following day so both the boys and the girls teams were able to take to the field fully kitted out in Brentford FC colours.
Talking about his visit to Kenya, Mick said: “When the offer of the former Academy football kit came from Brentford Football Club via its Safety Officer, Barney McGhee, for my project at St Catherine’s School in Nairobi, I did not hesitate to say yes and organise a trip through my military connections with the Royal Air Force.
“Both the boys and girls team were now kitted out in Brentford FC colours to play their fixtures and would be the envy of the other schools they were playing. There were tears of joy from many pupils, and from the adult ranks too, when they saw the full team kits provided. To put it in perspective, some of the teams they play are registered in local leagues, however because St Catherine’s had no kit, they were not allowed to enter these leagues.
“Brentford FC has answered their prayers and hopefully now they will enter the bigger leagues next season. You never know, there could be another Victor Wanyama, who comes from Kenya, appearing soon.”