Football club teams up with Uganda

KITOBA High School football team in Uganda is pictured wearing their new strip donated by Kirk Deighton Rangers Junior FC.
KITOBA High School football team in Uganda is pictured wearing their new strip donated by Kirk Deighton Rangers Junior FC.

KIRK Deighton Rangers Junior Football Club is flying its colours on the playing fields in rural Uganda.

Youngsters at a high school and primary in Kitoba are wearing the kit of the Wetherby club thanks to a Collingham woman.

Stephanie McCarney, whose brother Matt played for KDR under-17s last season, spent five weeks in the country with the Lasallian Developing World Projects Charity which aims to improve education in Africa and India.

It saw her leading a group of 12 young people, while living in basic conditions within a Catholic community in rural Uganda.

And Stephanie took the chance to build links with her brother’s club by taking a couple of kits with her.

She said: “We were building a boys hostel for a high school.

“We also managed to do some teaching in the primary school and whilst there, I gave the football kits to the primary and high schools and they were much appreciated.

“In fact the high school team wore theirs to represent Kitoba against another local town.”

KDR Juniors Chairman Rod Clifton added: “We were delighted to be able to help Stephanie by donating a couple of our kits.

“I’ve subsequently received a thankful and touching email from Father Kisembo in Kitoba and we plan to supply further kits in the future.”

Kirk Deighton Rangers JFC will be running an open morning on Saturday September 17 from 10-11.30am at Grange Park.

Any child who is keen to find out more about playing for this up and coming local club can pop along and watch a training session, meet the coaches and players and join in the fun.

More information is available on the club website at www.kdrjfc.co.uk or from club chairman, Rod Clifton 07901 864448.

The football club has moved to Grange Park as the first stage of the development with Wetherby Rugby and cricket and have five new pitches.