RAF Taking Football to Africa and Beyond

RAF Odiham FC Continues Support to Taking Football to Africa and Beyond Kit Appeal

Donate your unwanted kits and equipment by Friday 17th August. 

RAF Odiham FC welcomed members of Hampshire FA to RAF Odiham in order to collect football kit and equipment donated by local grassroots teams in support of the Taking Football to Africa and Beyond Kit Appeal.

The Taking Football to Africa and Beyond Kit Appeal is based at RAF Shawbury and is run by Wg Cdr Neil Hope MBE. The Appeal, which began in 2006, collects kit and other unwanted items such as school uniform, from all over the United Kingdom. Working in conjunction with Hampshire FA for the third time, RAF Odiham FC provided assistance by ensuring that all kit and equipment donated by local grassroots teams in Hampshire was distributed to Wg Cdr Hope prior to its delivery to countries across the world.

Since the Appeal began it has delivered over 181000 items including over 55000 football shirts to children and adults in 55 countries worldwide. High profile clubs such as Manchester Utd, Leicester City, Everton and QPR are amongst those who have contributed to improving the lives of people in a whole host of countries including Kenya, Nepal, Cuba, Cameroon, Zambia, South Korea, Uganda, Belarus, Romania, Nigeria, Brazil and Mexico.

Late 2017 saw a team of 13 people visit Nepal with delivery taking place to the Gurkha Welfare Trust in Kathmandu, Pokhara and the foothills of the Himalayas. The team also visited Kenya in Easter 2018.


RAF Odiham FC OIC, Sgt Dave Grant, said, “What a brilliant way of using football to promote a positive message to those in other countries who are in need. I think the Appeal is brilliant and RAF Odiham FC is a proud supporter of what is a very worthwhile cause.”

Hampshire FA has once again teamed up with RAF Odiham to support RAF Shawbury in the 'Taking Football to Africa and Beyond' appeal. We are inviting clubs, groups, leagues and individuals to donate any unwanted kits and equipment, delivering it to Hampshire FA's HQ (at the address below) by Friday 17th August.

Hampshire FA 
WInklebury Football Complex
Winklebury Way
RG23 8BF

Hampshire FA will transport all kits and equipment to the base at RAF Odiham who will then make preparations and arrangements with RAF Shawbury. 

For more information on the appeal and how you can support, please contact Isabella Pearson, Marketing & Communications Manager.