Date: 16th July 2021
Below is an article written by Ben Ramage, highighting the improtant work the SFSA are conducting to support young football fans in Malawi. You can read Ben’s full article here:
A Paisley football club has teamed up with St Mirren legend Jimmy Bone to help deliver football strips to some of the poorest kids in Africa.
Blackstoun United found their players had outgrown their strips after finally making a return to football as lockdown restrictions eased.
They were looking for a way to ensure the kit didn’t go to waste, and when club secretary Neil Fox heard that Bone was part of a unique programme looking to help promote grassroots football in Malawi, he thought it was no-brainer to get involved.
He handed the shirts over to the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA), who established the project to provide kit and coaching to some of Malawi’s poorest youngsters, at the SMiSA Stadium given Hall of Famer Bone’s association with the Saints.
Fox said: “Our club and our sponsors were delighted to see the kit get a second opportunity to help promote the game in Malawi.
“We look forward to hearing all about the lucky team who receives them.”
Bone, who captained the Buddies to an Anglo-Scottish Cup win in 1980 as a player and was assistant manager when they lifted the Scottish Cup in 1987, has been involved with the SFSA’s campaign from the outset.
He visited the country to deliver kits and coaching sessions in 2019, and believes the project will have a huge positive impact on youngsters as it is used as an incentive to make sure children keep attending school and doing their homework.
Bone said: “I am delighted to get such great kit to take out to Malawi.
“We are working closely with Play Soccer Malawi who use football to offer incredibly positive opportunities for boys and girls in a country that is one of the poorest in Africa.
“This kit will be hugely important to motivate and encourage so many kids in Lilongwe and Blantyre.”
To learn more about the campaign, visit www.scottishfsa.org/malawi
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