Our Lady’s follow in the steps of the European Champions 2009 ‘Barcelona’
The football team of Our Lady’s Hough Green have followed in the footsteps of the great Catalan team Barcelona FC and adopted CAFOD as their shirt sponsors.
Their proud coach and headteacher Paul Towey told us “ I wanted to make CAFOD highly visible in our school and the wider Widnes community and give our pupils a great knowledge of their role as global citizens.” And this is why.
Thirteen-year-old Alimamy Kamara was sold by his parents to be a child soldier in Sierra Leone. After two years fighting he made a dramatic escape and is now being supported by Caritas Makeni’s rehabilitation programme.
Alimamy is tiny for his age and it’s hard to imagine him being a very effective soldier. Now he’s proud to wear the number 8 shirt for the Wusum Ward football team, trained by Mohammed Kumara, an older ex-soldier.
Caritas Makeni has organised young ex-soldiers – now living back with the community – into eight football teams.
They train on weekday evenings on grass pitches in their smart, colourful kit.
In major tournaments, Caritas Makeni awards prizes for good co-operative playing as well as winning.
This all sounds to us that the so-called beautiful game really can do beautiful things.