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Junior football: Flintshire Primary Schools' FA donates shirts worn by Premiership greats to South African charity

A FLINTSHIRE representative football team is to donate more than 30 years worth of shirts – including jerseys worn by Ian Rush and Michael Owen – to disadvantaged youngsters in Africa after seeing an appeal in the Chronicle.

David Nickless, manager and secretary of the Flintshire Primary Schools’ FA, saw an appeal by the Halfway House pub in Connah’s Quay for old football shirts and responded with a grand gesture.

As part of ‘Shirt Amnesty’, the Halfway is asking people to donate unwanted kit for Project Fair Play. The donated items will be sent out to South Africa where many young teams struggle for kit.

Nickless handed over the two full playing kits plus nine other sets numbering 120 shirts, plus 30 training tops, 30 wet tops and kit bags.

Some of the donated kits have been worn by Flintshire stars Ian Rush, Gary Speed, Kevin Ratcliffe, Barry Horne, Michael Owen and Andy Dorman.

He said: “Over the years staff of Deeside and Flintshire PSFA had been reluctant to just throw the kits and shirts out and we are glad that they could be put to good use.

“I hope that the children and organisations that receive them will get pleasure out of using them.

“Over the years they have been dust harbourers and used a few times per year for our football trials.”

In addition to Shirt Amnesty, the pub is trying to raise money for projects for disadvantaged youths in the UK and South Africa, including helping raise cash for a new sports ground at Ukhanyo School in Masiphumelele.

Jason Deen, licensee of the Halfway House, said: “I would like to thank David Nickless and his colleagues at Flintshire Primary Schools FA for the generous donation.

“The charity organisers at Project Fair Play will be extremely pleased that donations such as this are still being received.

“This is a huge summer for sport and it’s great to know our customers will help bring the spirit of the World Cup to disadvantaged youngsters both here and in South Africa.”