Uganda youngsters benefit from association with Ross-on-Wye

Hereford Times: Pictured are members of Ross Juniors Football Club displaying some of the kit which would be sent to Uganda together with Mr Loftus, Mr Griffiths and Miss Mather. Pictured are members of Ross Juniors Football Club displaying some of the kit which would be sent to Uganda together with Mr Loftus, Mr Griffiths and Miss Mather.

AS a result of the close association between Ross Juniors Football Club and John Kyrle High School, young footballers in Uganda will benefit from new kit this summer. Year 13 students who will visit Kisiki College as part of the school’s historic link will donate shirts, shorts, socks and even goal-keeping gloves to young people of the school and the wider area.

Chairman of Ross Juniors Football Club, Jim Loftus, spoke of his close association with the school over many years as governor and parent and how he was delighted that this now continued with the involvement of John Kyrle boys and girls in the many teams of all ages run by the club. Headteacher Nigel Griffiths was delighted to welcome Jim to the school and thanked him for this very kind donation. He said that Ross Juniors was one of a number of local clubs and associations with whom the school has very close links and the fact that this would now benefit young people in Africa was fantastic.

Pictured are members of Ross Juniors Football Club displaying some of the kit which would be sent to Uganda, together with Mr Loftus, Mr Griffiths and Miss Mather who will be one of the staff accompanying this year’s Ugandan trip. Trip leader Nick Wardale echoed Mr Griffiths’ thanks to Ross Juniors and said he looked forward to taking a photograph of young people in the Kisiki area wearing the kit when they play against John Kyrle students in the summer.

As part of the fundraising for the Uganda trip, events are taking place at John Kyrle. These include an Evening of Fair Trade, Fashion and Food on February 28, 7-9pm (tickets £4 on the door) and March 14, from 7.30pm sees the return of The Annual Big Uganda Quiz Night.

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