Into Africa … Green donations statement from Vice President Mike Perk

Under 18s: Thursday training, Sunday training as usual and the ‘Meet & Greet’ at 1pm on Sunday – can all players and as many parents as possible attend please as we need to all be on same wavelength as the new season approaches. Thank you

Thursday opening 4pm with training as per the schedule … please note that, if tackling/games are taking place, shin pads must be worn

Mike (centre with the BGFC tie of course) and colleagues in Cape Town with some of the donations from Bromley Green FC

This week, on the other side of the world, former player and a Vice President of the club, Mike Perk represented Bromley Green from his home in Cape Town, South Africa by donating old club kit, football shirts and boots.

Working with local charity “Unchain the Plain” the donation will go to help saving lives of young people living in one of the toughest places in the world. Unchain the Plain collect new/used sporting equipment to donate to underprivileged schools in the Mitchells Plain area. By helping to provide access to sport they are helping steer youngsters away from the all too close reality of drugs, gangs and extreme violence.

Most importantly they are a charity that is providing hope for children and their families in an area too easily neglected and forgotten about in South Africa.

This donation was collected at the club over the last Christmas period, with many of our current young players and families taking the time to sort through old kit and boots to send across to South Africa. Both Mike and Unchain the Plain have expressed huge gratitude to Bromley Green for their support.

Mike is now looking to set up a longer term relationship with the charity, on behalf of the Green, and will be liaising with the club to set up a more structured approach to collecting equipment for young people in Mitchells Plain.

He will specifically be looking to collect team kits at the end of each season, football boots and any official English club shirts, which always go down well.

Mike usually travels back to the UK, once or twice a year and will use this time to liaise with the club and collect donations.

Stop spitting! Don’t use chewing gum!

Players should be informed that spitting should be avoided, as the main mode of transmission of the virus is in respiratory secretions. In addition, clubs should consider enforcing a complete ban on chewing gum, as it is either spat out or rolled into a ball and taken out and thus poses a high risk of cross contamination. Club officials may wish to put a disciplinary measure in place in relation to spitting and chewing gum.

[From the official FA Guidance document concerning Covid]

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