An Australian Football Club in Sydney, Manly Warrigah has donated over 2,000 used uniforms and over 500 used soccer boots, shin guards, goalkeeper gloves and balls to Vanuatu Football grassroots football players this year 2009.
Mr. Brian Dunphy who is the main man behind the boots collection with the club said, the club is too happy to donate used football equipments to soccer players in Vanuatu.
"We have many players and clubs who like to give away their football used equipments to Vanuatu players. We are very certain that it will be a good use to them because we know that Vanuatu has some good players who live in the rural areas in the country who can't afford a new pair of soccer boots." Said Brian."
All the used equipment was sent to Mr Harry Atisson the media officer and former Referee Development Officer for Vanuatu Football Federation. His responsibility now is to distribute them to all the clubs, schools and players in the country where needed.
"So far so good, I have distributed the uniforms and soccer boots to all the clubs in the football associations in Vanuatu. During the Vanuatu U15 this year, I have given the 8 teams from the provinces that took part a set each of uniform, boots and goalkeeper gloves and you can see the smiling faces on the face of their coaches and players. I also gave some of the uniform to the Vanuatu FIFA Referees to use during our National games."said Mr. Atisson
"Vanuatu Football Media and Marketing communication would like to thank all the players, coaches, clubs who played under the umbrella of Manly Warrigah in Sydney Australia for seeing the needs of our young players in Vanuatu and can give away the used equipment to Vanuatu. Hopefully they will continue to do the same in the coming years."