After hearing about Soccer Without Borders, a project which helps young girls in Nicaragua, Knowle Hockey Club was keen to donate their pre-loved away kit to the cause. Delivered by a volunteer from the Bristol Link with Nicaragua (BLINC) the shirts were received last week by a delighted team of young footballers.
Girls in Granada, Nicaragua face enormous challenges: around a third are pregnant by age 18 and more than half do not complete primary school.
Participating in sport has been proven to address these challenge; the team atmosphere and shared identity provides girls with a network of caring peers and mentors that inspires them to stay enrolled in school, avoid risky behaviour and make healthy choices.
For further information about BLINC see bristolnicaragua.wordpress.com
Details regarding the Soccer Without Borders project can be found at soccerwithoutborders.org