On Wednesday 25 September Simon Morgan, Head of Community, and players Rufus Brevett and Luis Boa Morte presented Richard Taylor with football kit for the Damilola Taylor Foundation and it's off shoot, the Damilola Taylor Football Academy (DTFA).
Fulham FC offered to donate the football kit to the Academy when they heard about the project through their close relationship and fundraising activity for Sport Relief in the summer.
Sport Relief, a fundraising campaign from Comic Relief and BBC Sport, united the world of sport and on July 13th 2002 announced that £10,072,068 had been raised for vulnerable children and young people here at home and across the world.
The DTFA was established in January 2002 to engage and provide adequate training programmes for the under privileged children and youths of Nigeria that exhibit great interest in playing football as a career. These can pre-occupy their time positively in order to keep their minds away from drugs, crime, violence, and alcohol as they grow up.
15 children from the St Augustine's School in Fulham joined Richard Taylor, representatives from the Damilola Taylor Foundation in Nigeria and staff from the Community Department at Fulham's Motspur Park training ground for the presentation.
Richard Taylor said "We are extremely grateful to Fulham FC for donating this football kit to The Damilola Taylor Foundation Nigeria. This kit will prove vital for the Foundation to be able to carry on its work in Nigeria with under privileged children"
He made a further passionate appeal to other sports clubs to support the project by donating kits to the Foundation.
For photographs of the presentation or further information please contact Katrina McCreadie in the Fulham Football Club Press Office on 020 8336 7511.