A YOUTH football team from Wearside has helped out a team of African children by kindly donating old team strips.
Youngsters from Lambton Lions Under-13s have sent scores of shirts, shorts, socks and even footballs to Kilimanjaro Youth Football Club, in Tanzania.
For many of the recipients, it is the first time they have been given proper team strip to play football in.
Dominic Forster, who coached Lambton, from Washington, to last season’s under-12s County Cup before recently stepping down from the role, said all the players and staff are delighted to have been able to help out their African counterparts.
He said: “The lads are really happy to be able to help these boys out.
“We are looking at sending out old football boots too, so what we are doing should continue.”
Lambton Lions play in the Russell Foster Tyne and Wear Youth League and are sponsored by Medichem Limited and Encore Envelopes.
The club is now receiving thank you letters from the grateful boys in Africa.
Mr Forster is hoping the two teams can cement a long-lasting partnership.
He added: “Our boys have seen the photos that we were sent from Kilimanjaro and were looking to see which numbers each of them was wearing.
“Some of the kids from their team have written letters back to our lads, which was nice.
“Hopefully, we can set up an exchange between the two clubs and keep in touch with them.”