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Thursday 15 March 2012

Welbeck heads Premier League Players' Kit Scheme

Man Utd star visits former school to donate full set of kit as part of new initiative

Man Utd's Danny Welbeck returned to his old school in Manchester

Danny Welbeck has gone back to his old school to donate a full set of kit as part of the Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme.

The Manchester United striker returned to his secondary school of Trinity Church of England High in Manchester to hand over the Nike kit.

Welbeck is the first Barclays Premier League player to hand over kit as part of the season-long initiative.

The squads of all 20 Barclays Premier League Clubs created the new £500,000 fund that will provide U16 clubs, schools and youth organisations in England and Wales with free football kit and equipment.

"When I was at school, we never got anyone dishing out new kit - the kids are all buzzing."
- Danny Welbeck

The scheme targets those who come from areas in most need of assistance.

Welbeck said: “When I was at school, we never really got anyone coming into school to dish out new kit. They're all buzzing about that.

"It's great motivation for them to see a professional footballer coming into school and it's nice for me to come back."

Simon Morgan, the Premier League’s Head of Community Development added “It’s incredibly important that grassroots football gets access to the right equipment and the Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme will undoubtedly help where it counts.”

The idea originated at a meeting between the Premier League, delegates from the Professional Footballers’ Association and captains from all Barclays Premier League Clubs.

Each 2011/12 Barclays Premier League squad player will be involved as each squad is to donate £25,000.

The Premier League Charitable Fund and the PFA are managing and administering the running of the scheme, but all of the players’ £500,000 donation will fund the kit and equipment.

The first application process has passed and the first 350 sets of kits are about to be issued. The second application process will begin on Monday 28 November on premierleague.com

Watch Sunday morning's Match of the Day from 0730 GMT on BBC1 and the BBC Sport website to see more about Danny Welbeck's involvement with the Premier League Players' Kit Scheme.

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Key Points

  • New scheme sees players donate kit to old schools
  • All 20 Barclays Premier League Clubs involved
  • Welbeck first donor as £5000,000 scheme launches