We have been lucky enough to be given lots of football kits by Burnley FC but as some are too big for our own Happy House kids we are sharing them with Malindi United Soccer Academy, which kindly trains our kids free of charge.
The academy is run by Freddie del Curatolo for disadvantaged kids in Malindi. Freddie runs a very tight ship and only kids who attend school regularly are permitted to go, if they get into trouble, play truant from school or fall back in their lessons, Freddie will suspend them for a time.
This way the kids learn the importance and value of education. And they also know they will lose out on the game they love if they don't toe the line!
The academy has kids right up to young adults so the bigger football shirts will be a huge asset. Kids really aspire to have a football shirt to wear, so now the Clarets will have a following in Malindi as well as at the Happy House.
The kits were donated by Burnley FC via Burley-based charity Furniture for Education Worldwide, which has recently shipped over a container of furniture for our school. Many thanks to both for their generosity.
Here are pictures of our Happy House kids handing the shirts over to Freddie - and also of our team mascot and would-be goalie Linus, and his substitute Uncle Billy looking resplendent in their Burnley kit!