A Scottish FA Quality Mark club in Blantyre has recently made a generous kit donation to a club in The Gambia.

The Father Gough Soccer Academy in the African state are now training in new shirts, shorts and socks provided by Blantyre Boys Club Soccer Academy, the Scottish Soul, Funk and Jazz Society and local businessman Gary Doonin.

The move came after one of the club’s coaches, Jimmy Whelan, struck up a conversation with friend Paul Lafferty, who had recently returned from a charity project in the West African country.

Jimmy said: “'It was amazing to view the videos taken by Paul in The Gambia and see the difference the strips made for the young players in this football mad country.”

Paul said the kind gesture had left many of the young players “delighted”.

“It was a pleasure to accept Jimmy/Blantyre Boys Club Soccer Academy's fantastic offer and super to see the delight in the young faces of the footballers when they saw the kit,” he added.

“Both clubs seek to provide sporting activities to similar age-groups in their respective countries and all are of a mind to ensure that this is the beginning of a long relationship between the young footballers of Lanarkshire and their kindred spirits in The Gambia.”

Modou Lamin Khan, of the Father Gough Soccer Academy, said: “It was like a boost of spirit to the players when they received the kit. They really appreciated it.

“Thank you so much for your support.”