Kenyan ladies are kitted out by club

Arina Primary School pupils in their kits with volunteer Anne Shackleton.
Arina Primary School pupils in their kits with volunteer Anne Shackleton.
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Youngsters in Africa have been kitted out in strips donated by a local football team.

Whitley Bay Women donated their spare kit to Team Kenya, with volunteer Anna Shackleton presenting the strips to delighted pupils at Arina Primary School.

Kenyan coach Usiku Ooko says the kit has inspired the girls who usually drop out of school at the end of primary education, with five teams now being equipped.

Usiku said: “We thank Whitley Bay Women’s team with all our hearts. Our little champs take great pride in wearing their beautiful kit.

“Previously it was a male dominated game, but now girls have developed a passion for it and they are displaying the highest professional skills.”

And Team Kenya’s female players have reached the final of the Copa Coca Cola Youth Cup in Nairobi this October.

Usiku added: “Not only are the girls winning matches, their whole lives are being turned around. Anne saw the power of sport in action, giving girls a way to show they are equal citizens.

“Football has created a real positive behaviour change, many girls now enrol in class 8, pregnancy cases are reduced by 90% and self-esteem and empowerment is openly seen. Football game has earned our girls lots of respect and good name in this community.”