COBBYDALERS SUPPORTING SIERRA LEONE VISIT
Silsden supporter, Philip Smith, is one of a team of volunteers from the locality making the trip to Sierra Leone, West Africa from April 8th to 23rd. Philip is part of a team, led by Derek Smithson on behalf on “Mission Direct”. Mission Direct support a number of football teams in Sierra Leone. Youngsters in the country are passionate about football, some even digging a trench across a road so they have a flat area on which to play.
The Silsden Volunteers includes local Minister, Reverend David Griffiths, a West Brom Supporter by birth, who now watches Bradford City and The Cobbydalers. David has led several “services” at the Cobbydalers ground including carol services and the 1914 Memorial Service, which honoured the Silsden Footballers who died at The Somme. David is joined by his wife, Susan and children, Matthew, Andrew and Hannah. The team will be staying in Freetown for the first week and then at the coast for the second. There are still 5 places available for volunteers(@£1,650. (Contact Derek Smithson 01535 656933 for further details.)
The team are spending the first week building at Waterloo Hospital and the second week helping to finish off a medical centre along with some Italian volunteers who are taking three local nurses back to Italy for two years of further training.
The volunteers came down to the recent Cobbydalers recent game against Widnes FC and were given two sets of Silsden AFC kit and some Junior Kits as well, the third time the club have supported a visit.
If any local teams have spare sets of kit or individual players have football boots in reasonable condition we be grateful for any further donations. Adults or boys and girls.
Details on Mission Direct.
Regional manager Steve Loryman. 27, Bury Mead Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1RT Tel.01582720056. Website www.missiondirect.org
The photograph shows, from left to right. Phillip Smith, John Lohan (Sports Club Chairman), Barry Thomas (Silsden AFC President), Derek Smithson, Sean McNulty(Silsden AFC Chairman) and Rev. Derek Griffiths.