Celtic and New Balance donate 50 kits to grassroots teams in Nairobi

Celtic kit donation in Nairobi
One of the 50 teams to benefit from the Celtic FC Foundation and New Balance kit donation. Photo: Twitter/CelticBible

Scottish Football League Champions Celtic, along with current kit makers New Balance and the Celtic FC Foundation, have celebrated the 50 year anniversary since the Hoops won the European Cup by donating 50 club kits from this season’s strip to the same number of grassroots football teams in Nairobi.

To celebrate this generous donation and as part of an attempt to reestablish competitive football and talent search programmes in Kenya, Nairobi played host to a charity football match sponsored by Dafabet.

Saturday’s event involved two charity football matches at Olympic Secondary School in Kibera which saw Dafabet-sponsored Kibera Celtic take on their local rivals Kibera Lexus. Celtic, who Kenyan captain Victor Wanyama played for between 2011 and 2013,  have been linked with Kibera Celtic since 2012. With the area being one of the largest slums in the world, the team were formed in a bid to overcome violence in the area.

The entertaining match saw Kibera Celtic beating Lexus 2-1 in front of hundreds of fans – their first win over their archrivals in over three years.

Celtic kit donation in Nairobi
The donated kits celebrate 50 years since Celtic’s European Cup Triumph. Photo: Twitter/CelticBible

Kenya hip-hop star Nonini Mgenge True and Kenya’s biggest reggae DJ Kriss Darlin joined in with the action by leading the teams in a Celebrity penalty shootout which Kibera Celtic, captained by Darlin, beat Kibera Legends 6-5.

“I’m delighted to have participated the event and would like to thank Dafabet for facilitating and kitting the kids here in Kibera and for asking me to be a part of it.

“I believe that this is the right direction in promoting talent and encourage hard work amongst our youth,.”

– Kriss Darlin

Speaking after the shootout, Kibera Legends’ celebrity captain, Nonini said: “I am happy that Celtic Foundation and New Balance had the heart to come to the ground and give the junior and youth teams a reason to smile.”

Dafabet Head of Business development Chris Harley, who is a lifelong Celtic fan, praised the Celtic Foundation and New Balance for facilitating the kit donation in Kenya.

Celtic FC Foundation

The Celtic FC Foundation works to uphold and promote the charitable principles and heritage of Celtic Football Club. In doing so, the Foundation delivers change and purpose to the Celtic Family and beyond. The social principles, key priorities, aims and objectives of Celtic Charity Fund (established in 1995) and the Celtic Foundation (established in 2006) were so clearly aligned, it was agreed that the natural progression was for both units to become a new, stronger Scottish Charity with a wider role and greater reach.

Celtic kit donation in Nairobi
50 Nairobi grassroots football clubs benefited from the New Balance and Celtic Foundation kit donation. Nairobi. Photo:

The Foundation’s priority is to provide assistance to those who face daily challenges within our key priority areas; Health, Equality, Learning and Poverty (HELP). In addition, they offer support in the form of delivery and/or partnership to external charities and other organisations who offer value in the community and whose principles fit within these key priority areas.