Kenyan Schools Project to stage big match
Shrewsbury Town against Wrexham matches have long been popular affairs with both sets of supporters - but next month there will be a clash between the border rivals with a difference - in Kenya!
The match has been organised by Ellesmere couple Bill and Lynn Morris who will soon by flying out to the Kenyan capital Nairobi having raised money and collected football kits through their charity Kenyan Schools Project.
The prospect of two old rivals from the English Football League battling it out thousands of miles away in Africa has captured the imagination of the Kenyan media.
And there is a strong possibility the match between two school teams of youngsters wearing Shrewsbury Town and Wrexham kits will feature on Kenyan television after Bill was contacted by a TV producer over there.
Bill and Lynn were presented with a set of Shrewsbury Town kits by Martin James, head of the club's community development, at last month's home game against Carlisle.
When Bill posted pictures on Facebook, they were quickly spotted and commented on by David Mainwaring, a Wrexham supporter, who promptly set the wheels in motion for the Racecourse Ground club to also donate a set of kit.
Bill and Lynn collected the kits at the Racecourse before Wrexham's recent home game against Woking and the idea of a derby fixture between the rivals in Africa was quickly developed.
Bill said: "We've got a friend, Edward Mbugua, a football coach who works with slum kids in Nairobi. We have been supplying him with football kits for years.
"He's arranged a tournament for December 7 and 8 and the match will take place then between youngsters in Wrexham and Shrewsbury strips.
"We're going out to Kenya with the kits on December 5 and already there is a lot of interest in the game over there as a TV producer from Kenya contacted me on Facebook saying she is interested on featuring the story on a Kenyan children's television programme."
Bill and Lynn Morris have raised more than £35,000 for Kenyan schools since 2004, donating everything from desks and stationary equipment to electricity and new classrooms.
They visit Kenya twice a year, heading to the 13 schools and orphanages they support through the Kenyan Schools Project in Nairobi and Mombasa.
"It is a brilliant charity, a wonderful cause," added Bill. "Every piece of kit we can collect will go directly to the underprivileged children in Nairobi.
"It all began in 2004 when we were on holiday in Kenya. We went on a visit to Mkwakwani School and when we saw what the children had to put up with just to go and learn, we were so shocked.
“The trip to the school really got to both of us and we could not stop thinking about the children.
“Nine years later and we have raised over £35,000.
“The Wrexham v Shrewsbury game in the heart of Africa should be a lot of fun and we are very thankful to both clubs for their continued support.”
Bill and Lynn are always keen to receive more football kits to pass on to youngsters in Kenya. If you can help, give Bill a call on 07727 211487 or visit http://www.kenyanschoolsproject.co.uk/