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Pub regulars rise to shirt challenge

MORE than 300 football shirts - donated by Solihull residents - have been flown out to South Africa.

MORE than 300 football shirts - donated by Solihull residents - have been flown out to South Africa.

Punters at the Clock Hotel in Bickenhill, and the Saracens Head in Shirley, had donated the strips to the pubs’ charity campaign.

The customers had been invited to drop off unwanted shirts and the response was terrific. Hundreds arrived in the space of a few weeks.

As part of Project Fair Play, the shirts were taken out to the deprived townships of Johannesburg - just in time for the World Cup.

Tracey Maitland, pub manager at the Saracens Head, said: “Project Fair Play embraces the passion for football that exists amongst our locals.

“This is going to be 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.”

Youngsters in some of the country’s most deprived neighbours were recently handed the kit.

Apart from the shirt amnesty, the borough pubs are also fundraising to help sport projects here in the UK and in South Africa.

Half the proceeds will go to the national charity KidsOut and the other half will go towards a new sports ground in Masiphumelele.

 

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