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A boot-iful game for Africa

Daniel Burns is collecting football boots from across the Fylde coast for a village in Kenya.

Daniel Burns is collecting football boots from across the Fylde coast for a village in Kenya.

A third world football team is being helped to achieve their dream of playing the beautiful game by a Fylde coast crusade.

Daniel Burns gave up playing amateur level football when he was struck down by injury, but he has since taken it upon himself to help less fortunate children in Kenya take to the field.

He has sponsored Sunderland AFC Keroche for three years and helped children travel 20 miles to play for the team.

He is now working alongside Fleetwood Town and Blackpool Supporters Association to get people to donate football boots to the team in the hope they will one day play in the Kenyan Premier League.

Daniel, 39, from Lawn Tennis Court, South Shore, said: “Everyone’s committed to going long-term and doing what we possibly can.

“It’s just grown and grown really.

“The long term plan is to get a couple of lads into the Kenyan national team at youth level, then hopefully the full team so they can become professional.”

The club chose the name Sunderland in the hope of attracting support from football fans in the North-East of England and Daniel, himself a fan of the Wearside team, couldn’t resist getting involved.

He added: “A pair of football boots over here will last but over there the ground is hard so they only last four or five months.

“A lot of the kids who play are without parents – they have died of Aids.

“We’ve got a good number of people who are happy to get involved and contribute now.”

Daniel is set to take a delivery of over 80 pairs of football boots, which have been donated from across the Fylde coast, to Durham later this week from where they will be shipped to Africa.

 

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