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Aylesbury Pubs Get Shirty

Monday 15 March 2010 - 2:50 pm | Added by: Admin to Club News, First Team | One comment |

Two local pubs have turned Aylesbury football mad in the run up to this year?s World Cup in South Africa.

Since the Buckinghamshire Yeoman and the Horse & Jockey launched charity drive, ?Project Fair Play?, the response has been overwhelming with plenty of shirts already donated.

Martyn Shaw, Welfare Officer at Aylesbury United said: ?Project Fair Play is set to make this year?s World Cup even more special, bringing football to disadvantaged kids both at home and also in South Africa. We?re delighted to lend our support.?

Both pubs have collection points where shirts can be dropped off. Instead of languishing at the back of the wardrobe, the old strips will be taken to townships in Johannesburg as well as disadvantaged youngsters in Cape Town. Here, they will be worn with pride whilst excitedly watching the World Cup in their own Country.

The pubs also want to raise enough cash to build a new sports ground at the school through the Happy Africa Foundation, and kit it out with new ?Alive and Kicking? footballs, so the kids are ready for kick off. These specially created ?Alive and Kicking? balls are tough, repairable footballs made using African skills and African leather specifically for use on African terrain. Each ball carries an important message about HIV/Aids and malaria.

Not forgetting how much our youngsters love the beautiful game, Project Fair Play also aims to buy Fairtrade footballs to help UK children?s charity, ?KidsOut? funding sports projects for disabled and disadvantaged children locally.

Helen Bidwell, General Manager at the Buckinghamshire Yeoman Pub said: ?South Africa is hosting the World Cup in 2010 but the many areas risk being excluded through poverty. We really want to make a difference so please do drop in your old football shirts and join in with our footie themed fundraisers!?

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Martyn Shaw (Welfare Officer, Aylesbury United), Goalkeeper Jack Sillittoe, Helen Bidwell (General Manager at the Buckinghamshire Yeoman) and midfielder Jordan Oxley with Project Fair Play Mascot ?Leo the Lion?.

Jack Sillitoe signs the 'Alive and Kicking' ball

 
 
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