Ugandan school players delighted with set of Colony Park FC strips

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School football team players in a remote part of Uganda were delighted to receive Colony Park FC strips donated by 2001s player Keir Jamieson on a volunteering trip to the country.

Keir, from Inverurie, was part of a 19-strong group from the Daviot and Oldmeldrum Explorer Unit who travelled to the East African country to build a hall and help out in the classrooms of Ruhanga Development School.

Ruhanga is a small village six hours drive south-west of the capital Kampala. Almost 500 children, from toddlers to those in their late teens, attend the school. It is run by volunteers who stay at the nearby Uganda Lodge, a non-profit centre.

In a letter thanking the Club for the donated strips, Keir said: “Prior to our trip we had raised a large sum of money which was being used to build a community hall. During our visit we helped out building the hall and volunteering in the classrooms at the school. 

“The Colony strips were donated to the Ruhanga schools football team who have inter-school competitions and matches against nearby schools. 

“I also organised a series of 7-a-side matches in a nearby field for them to test out the new strips. The children were unbelievably excited to get matching strips and they made a big difference from what they’d been using previously – an assortment of bibs and hi-vis vests. 

“Once again I want to say thank you and hope everyone realises what a difference this has made to the lives of these children.”

 

 

Paul Riddell