Alasdair makes second attempt to deliver football strips to Tanzanian youngsters

Alasdair Nicholson at Stornoway Airport this week on the first leg of his rescheduled trip to Tanzania. NO F33 Alasdair Nicholson.jpg

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Point and Sandwick Trust’s community consultant, Alasdair Nicholson, made a second attempt on Tuesday to travel to Africa, armed with island football strips for youngsters and lessons on community resilience and crisis response for people working in development.

Mr Nicholson had been due to fly out from Edinburgh in March but put off his trip due to deepening concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

However, that trip is now back on and he left Stornoway on Sunday along with a bundle of junior Point FC strips, as well as science textbooks, to deliver to a school at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

He is taking the strips out to Northern Tanzania after Point and Sandwick Trust sponsored new kit for the young Point players.

Point and Sandwick Trust also provided a couple of footballs for the school in Africa, a combined primary and secondary.

Mr Nicholson anticipated great ‘glee and happiness’ at the gifts and had previously told the ‘Wee Reds’ in Point that children in Africa were often without strips or boots – sometimes even footballs.