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Chesham United FC are proud to become KitAid's first 'Ambassador Club' partner

KitAid, the sports development charity which provides kit and equipment across the developing world has launched a new Ambassador Club scheme to partner with different football clubs from every level of the game. In January 2011 Chesham United was selected as the first Club to become a KitAid Ambassador in recognition of our support over a number of years.

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Kalalushi school in Chesham kitOne of our first donations to the Kalalushi School in Zambia
Video of KitAid delivery to The Gambia, click YouTube link to view in larger screen

Chesham have provided team kits, held kit collections at matches and promoted the charity through our website and match programmes. Derrick Williams MBE, who founded KitAid in 1998 said: “I have been thinking of setting this scheme up for a while now as it is a good way to recognise the support we receive from many clubs all across the UK.  I did think of approaching individual footballers to become Ambassadors, in the same way that people like Madonna or Robbie Williams are ambassadors for the very big charities, but I thought it was better to link with individual clubs and it is a novel idea.  Clubs like Chesham have been fantastic in the support they have given us over the years and this is a nice way of keeping the partnership working.”

Alan Calder, Chairman of Chesham United said: “We are very pleased to have been invited to launch the Ambassador Club scheme and as a community based club it fits in really well with the way we work. 

"We have supported KitAid for some time now and love to see the pictures of our old kit being used in countries like Zambia and Bulgaria.  We know that our supporters are behind the project as well, as they have donated a lot of shirts at the collection days we have held.  I am sure the idea will catch on with a lot of different clubs all across the country.”

KitAid is a charity set up by Derrick Williams MBE, who visited Tanzania on a WaterAid supporters' trip in 1998. Derrick, being a mad footie fan, was amazed at the reception he received from children and adults in remote villages just because he was wearing his favourite football shirt (Watford, Chesham United, Liverpool FC to name just a few).


After two weeks in Tanzania, a flame was lit in Derrick's heart and he was on a mission to provide kit and equipment to the bare-footed children playing with footballs made of tied string and plastic bags.  Twelve years on, KitAid has former England manager, Graham Taylor OBE, as its Patron as well as lots of volunteers and supporters across the UK and abroad. To date they've sent out 140,000 kits to children and adults in 35 different countries across the world.

Learn more at the KitAid blog site

Or visit the KitAid main website

A message from KitAid Patron, Graham Taylor OBE.

“I’m immensely proud to be KitAid’s Patron. Not only has the organisation gone from strength to strength over the last decade, the willingness of football clubs at all levels to have kit collection days, shows that football as a whole does indeed have a caring side. To see the photographs - of children in particular - from some of the poorest countries in the world, receiving and wearing the kit that has been sent to them is just reward indeed for the fabulous work that KitAid does. Long may it continue!  Many thanks to all those individuals, clubs and partners who not only donate kit, but help make sure we get them to the right destinations.” 

FC Gagarin in Chesham kit
FC Gagarin of Bulgaria in another Chesham United kit
KitAid collection at Chesham United
KitAid founder Derrick Williams MBE, right, with Club chairman Alan Calder, left, and Simon Newbury of the Supporters' Trust at a recent matchday kit collection

Have you got any kit you can donate? - we hold KitAid Days a few times each season at Chesham United home games as well as donating our own teams' used kit. But if you have any shirts, shorts, socks, boots, training gear or other sports equipment that is still useable feel free to bring it down at any game and we'll pass it on to Derrick. Just ask in the clubhouse or the shop.

Visiting fans and other Clubs - if any visiting fans or other clubs would like to donate kit we are very happy for you to bring it along here when you visit. Or, if any opposition clubs would like to organise their own collections in advance of us visiting you, Chesham United will be happy to collect the kit from you when we visit and bring it back with us on behalf of KitAid.