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Volunteers kitted out for World Cup fever

The volunteers pack football boots, strips and other items of clothing to donate to children in Brazil. Front (left to right): Stephen Black, Karl Barry, Ryan Laws and Mandy Bennett. Back: Mark Oliver, National Fieldworker for StreetGames and Lindsay Reid, group manager for North Tyneside Councils sports development.

The volunteers pack football boots, strips and other items of clothing to donate to children in Brazil. Front (left to right): Stephen Black, Karl Barry, Ryan Laws and Mandy Bennett. Back: Mark Oliver, National Fieldworker for StreetGames and Lindsay Reid, group manager for North Tyneside Councils sports development.

Four volunteers are helping children less fortunate as World Cup fever takes hold.

The quartet are flying to Brazil, taking with them donated items of clothing, including football strips and boots.

They are part of the StreetGames project, a national initiative that helps promote sport for young people, which North Tyneside Council has been running in the borough for the past five years.

The four 19 to 26-year-olds, who had to raise £2,300 for their place, will travel to Curitiba, in the south of Brazil, where they will spend two weeks teaching English and coaching football and multi-sports in deprived communities.

Karl Barry, 19 and from Killingworth, said: “Young people in Curitiba are less likely to be engaged in the World Cup due to extreme poverty, so it’s brilliant that we can go over and help with this.”

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “This is such a great opportunity for the volunteers and the children they’ll be helping will benefit hugely. Raising such a large amount of money isn’t easy, but they’ve shown such dedication and they should be extremely proud of themselves.”

Any young person interested in joining the StreetGames project in North Tyneside can call (0191) 643 7447 or email sport@northtyneside.gov.uk

 

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