Clyne and Kirby head back to school to deliver new kit

Wednesday 18 Mar 2015
Clyne and Kirby with the pupils at Allen Edward Primary School in Stockwell
England defender Nathaniel Clyne returned to his old primary school this week to help launch this year’s Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme. 

The Southampton star was joined by England Women’s star Fran Kirby to distribute a free full team kit at Allen Edward Primary School in Stockwell, south London.

Clyne, who began his career as a teenager with Crystal Palace, then took part in a sports session and Q&A with the pupils, revealing the story of his journey from playing football in the playground to taking part in matches on the world stage.

Nathaniel Clyne drives to the byline

Clyne has become an England regular this season

And the 23-year-old admits he was delighted to play a part in rewarding the pupils at the place where it all began for him.

"The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme is a great initiative," he said 

"I’m proud to be able to revisit my primary school as a top-flight player and give something back to those who helped support and encourage my progression as both a student and as a football player. 

"I hope the donation of these football kits will help inspire children nationwide to play sport, get active and maintain a healthy lifestyle."

The scheme is now in its fourth year and sees players from each of the 20 Premier League clubs donate kits to schools across the country.

To date the Premier League, alongside its official partner, Nike, have provided 48,825 individual kits to junior teams both via the online national application system and through individual player nominations.

By FA Staff