Howard helps spread the word of Coleraine with kit donation

The young Kenyans proudly wear the Coleraine colours.

The young Kenyans proudly wear the Coleraine colours.

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Coleraine captain Howard Beverland always leads by example whether he is on the pitch or off it.

The big defender, who turned 26 last week, proved that again recently by donating so me of his old training gear to those less fortunate.

The young footballers in some of the donated kits.

The young footballers in some of the donated kits.

Howard was only too happy to send off his old gear to young men in Nairobi, Kenya, for them to get the benefit of it.

“It all came about by meeting a local guy, who is originally from Kenya,” Howard told Times Sport.

“Maurice Omollo was heading back out to his homeland and asked me if I had any old kit that I could donate to the young footballers out there.

“I have met Maurice quite a few times a at differnet church events so I was delighted to be able to help out.

“I have sent stuff out before and wanted to do it again.

“Over the last few seasons I have built up a lot fo old training gear, bags and boots, which had been just sitting in a box in my house and getting no use at all.

“So it’s great to be able to pass this gear on to people who really appreciate it.

“It’s better people getting use out of the kit and boots rather than them sitting gathering dust somehwere.

“I’m delighted to be able to play a small part in all this. Things like this cost absolutely nothing but I know mean absolutely everything to those who receive the football kit and equipment.

“It’s nice to know that you can make a small difference to someone’s life just by making a small gesture like this.

“As I say it’s great to know these guys will get the benefit out of this kit.

“Also it’s great to know that in Nairobi there will be guys playing football dressed in Coleraine colours.

“It’s good for the club to be seen to be helping those less fortunate than ourselves and to be spreading the good name of Coleraine Football Club throughout the world,” added the club captain.