A CHARITY-minded teenager from Linby is to kick off a groundbreaking trip to Uganda to hand out footballs and rugby balls to poverty-stricken youngsters.
JORDAN ’SPIKE’ WARRINER (17), of Union Close, will visit Kampala in the African country as part of the Balls To Poverty scheme.
As well as presenting children with balls that have been donated to the charity, Jordan and 15 others on the trip will run basic football coaching, give classroom talks and set up fun-filled matches.
They will also help with maintenance work, including painting and repair jobs at schools where they teach.
Jordan said: “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance and I can’t wait.”
Balls To Poverty, which was founded by football coach Joe Sargison in 2005, is backed with sponsorship from sportswear giant Nike and the charity Unite.
It has specialised in visits to South Africa in the past. But when the team fly out to Kampala on Saturday April 7, it will be the first time they have been to Uganda.
Jordan was previously due to take part in a visit to South Africa last year when Mr Sargison was a coach at South Notts College where Jordan is studying. But the trip clashed with a family holiday.
In order to take part in the Uganda mission, Jordan has paid his own costs but has also met a pledge to raise a minimum of £250 for the charity.
He has so far collected more than £500, with £350 earned through a curry night at the Central social club on Watnall Road, Hucknall. Families, friends and regulars flocked to the event and boosted funds through a raffle.
The club was provided free of charge by club chiefs Sue Chadwick and Vic Dawes and staff member Bob Kennedy. And the curries were provided by local takeaway and restaurant Karakoram, of Watnall Road.
Jordan is currently studying for a sports BTEC and, next year, will join a course to become a personal trainer. He is a former pupil of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Primary School in Hucknall and Christ The King Comprehensive School in Arnold.
His parents are Sue (45) and Shane (42). He has a 16-year-old brother, Jack.
Sue said: “It is quite a privilege to take part. We are very proud of Jordan for taking on this challenge.
“We would like to thank everyone who has helped him to raise the funding.
“This is an opportunity I would have jumped at. We just want him to absorb everything that comes along as part of the experience.”
Jordan is continuing to raise funds for Balls To Poverty. You can offer your support by logging on at www.justgiving.com/jordanwarriner.