October 25, 2017
Saltash shirts reach as far away as Kenya
Wear A Sports Shirt Day is a not for profit venture run by Julian Chenery who grew up in Saltash and still maintains strong links with the town.
Julian attended Longstone Infant School, Saltash Junior School & Saltash Comprehensive School and was one of the founders of Saltash football team St Stephens Borough who play in the East Cornwall Premier League.
Since the start of the 2013 football season he has run the Wear a Sports Shirt Day project collecting old football kits and other sports kits for kids in Africa.
Kit is donated via several UK based charities – Kit Aid, Kits4Causes, The Thembalethu Foundation (Zimbabwe) for football, and SOS Kit for rugby.
Julian also sources kit himself to send directly to various sports groups. These include the African Bible University in Uganda and the Wire Soccer Academy in Kenya which explains why these youngsters in our photo are proudly wearing saltash.net polo shirts.
Julian has now expanded his collecting activities to include school uniforms which primarily go to the Folkestone based Operation Sunshine, as well as other charities such as Bags of Hope in Kenya, The Brikama Schools Project (Gambia), The Seeway Trust and The UBUNTU Project (Uganda).
Julian uses various social media platforms to appeal for any old uniforms once the football season, and school year finish and then arranges to collect it from the kind people who donate.
This year, with both saltash.net and Callington Community College changing uniforms there was an amazing response from parents at both schools.
As Julian no longer lives in Saltash he was extremely grateful to both Danielle Frith of Truly Scrumptious in Saltash and Adam Speare of Adam’s Barber Shop in Callington who both offered their businesses as collection points.
Julian will also be collecting at the Saltash Legends Charity Match on Christmas Eve in aid of Kits4Causes.
If you are a sponsor, a match official or someone who would like to help at this annual and renowned event in the football calendar please get in touch with Sam Borthwick, Adam Stiff, Will Swales, Stuart Fort or Julian Chenery on Facebook.
First published in Love Saltash – November 2017