Stevenage football team gives kit to disadvantaged youths

Members of FC Cornerstone with orphans wearing donated Liverpool FC kits

Members of FC Cornerstone with orphans wearing donated Liverpool FC kits - Credit: Archant

A football team has visited Stevenage’s twin town – Kadoma in Zimbabwe – to distribute kit to schools and an academy for disadvantaged youngsters.

Stevenage side FC Cornerstone took nearly a ton of kit, half of which was donated by the charity KitAid and the other half bought with a grant from UK company Henkel.

The Kadoma council staged a Stevenage day to celebrate the link between the two towns, and the football team visited the Tariro children’s home and the Jairus Jiri school for blind children. They also saw the problems people face from a lack of water and sanitation and from poverty.

Kit was distributed to secondary schools and the Kadoma Youth Football Academy, before a football match was held at the Rimuka Stadium.

FC Cornerstone also visited Hippo Valley, where they met Moses Chunga – the first black Zimbabwean to play in European professional football. They took some coaching sessions with schools and played Hippo Valley in front of 3,000 people.

Finally, the team visited Harare and gave out more kit, this time to the Moses Chunga Academy for street kids, and played another match.