RACING Blythe Football Club Under 14’s Manager, Ken Ruane and his family acted as a host family for two children from the Chernobyl Children’s Project.
Ken and other host families in the Solihull area gave the children the chance to have a break from their everyday lives for four weeks, and to give their immune system a great big boost too.
Through the interpreter, the children from Belarus revealed that they wanted to play football, so as a fun event, Ken and Racing Blythe FC, arranged a small international match between the local children and the visitors, ending 3-3 on the final whistle. Mark Symes, assistant manager for the Under 15s said: “Some were fitter than others, and those who didn’t like football even joined in, so it ended being all good fun. Hopefully, it’ll be a regular event.” Even though the children were staying in the country for a month some arrived just with the clothes on their backs and a small holdall with the basics items, so as a good will gesture the Solihull football club gave all the children from Belarus a football kit, and each local child gave their visiting counterpart a medal.
* To find out how you can host children from Belarus visit www.chernobyl-children.org.uk