Over the winter months Centre Spot, a social enterprise charity in Sandwell, West Midlands, invited young people aged from 6 to 16years to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design a pair of football boots that will go on general sale, as well as benefit young people in Africa.
With 391 qualifying entries received from all over the country, the winning design came from Marple Hall School in Stockport.
Olivia Wilsons stunning design was unanimously chosen by are panel of 10 judges. Olivia received her first prize of a cheque for £250, and a signed Manchester city shirt. She will also receive £150 worth of Football Equipment for her school ana a Shoot 4 Boots t shirt. The winning design will be manufactured for general sale. The proceeds from the sale of these boots will support the reconditioning of old football boots for young people in Africa.
The reconditioning of old football boots is a key part of the Shoot for Boots for Africa project that is lasting throughout 2011. Centre Spot is organising a collection of unwanted football boots, to be sent to Africa in October 2011, as well as looking for fundraising opportunities for the project.
A team of up to fifteen volunteers will distribute the equipment in Africa as part of a series of coaching programmes. These events will be especially focused in areas where people have not had the opportunity to discover the joys of playing football.
“The competition and other fund raising activities will be benefit footballers from disadvantage circumstances both in the UK and in Africa. We are grateful to everyone who took part in the competition”.