School’s boost to ‘Kenyan Canaries’

Langley School teacher Andrew Walker hands over the football shirts to children and staff at St Paul

Langley School teacher Andrew Walker hands over the football shirts to children and staff at St Paul's Children Centre in Nairobi.Picture: Jonathan Cooke. - Credit: Archant

Langley School teacher Andrew Walker visited the school’s charity partners in Kenya during the February half-term holiday with a wide selection of donated items including a set of football shirts.

Langley has been working alongside the Gilgil Township School in central Kenya, and the St Paul’s Children’s Centre in Nairobi, since first taking a visit of 6th formers on ‘a gap year in two weeks’ five years ago.

As part of Langley’s on-going commitment to children in Kenya, Mr Walker’s 65kg of luggage included school uniform, trainers, football boots, toothbrushes, toothpaste, baby wipes, soap, hair clippers and, just as in previous years, pants and football shirts!

A ‘football shirt amnesty’ was organised meaning that every child at the orphanage in Nairobi was given a Premier League football shirt, that it’s original owner had either grown out of or replaced with ‘this season’s shirt’.

“I met with the newly formed ‘Kenyan Canaries’ supporters club, watching Norwich’s home win over Spurs on a grainy TV screen not dissimilar to the moon landings and took part in BBC Radio Norfolk’s ‘Canary Call’ phone-in after the game!” said Mr Walker.

The children of the Gilgil Township School were presented with a full football kit, donated by Shane Davey of Waveney Youth Football Club, which they will now wear for fixtures against other local schools.

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