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Two young Darreners wanted for Gambia soccer charity
TWO young Darreners will head to Gambia next year to represent the town at a twinning ceremony in Lamin.
Youth football club Darwen Spartans’ third charity trip to the poverty-stricken country resulted in an offer to twin with the city.
Youngsters and coaches from the team travel to the area annually with charity Football Gambia to carry out projects such as building schools and hospitals while coaching football skills.
The twinning of the towns has been backed by Darwen Town Council, who announced at a meeting on Tuesday that it will fund two youngsters to travel out with Darwen Spartans in January.
There was a debate in the town hall as to how much cash should be spent on the project. It is expected the trip will cost £600 per person, plus additional costs for food, medication and insurance.
Sudell councillor Roy Davies said: “I think we should pick all the costs up because they could come from families that don’t have a lot of money. This could change someone’s life.”
But fellow Sudell councillor Paul Browne was unhappy at agreeing to spend the cash when a precise figure was not known.
He said: “I want to find out how much it will cost first. It isn’t our money to spend, it is taxpayers’ money, and we can’t just hand them a blank cheque.”
A proposal to set a maximum budget of £1,200 per youngster was approved, although Coun Browne voted against it.
Club president Mark Atkinson warned anyone considering applying for the trip that it was hard work.
He told councillors: “It will not be a free holiday and we don’t want people thinking they are going out for two weeks to sunbathe”
Anyone interested should email rhay@ darwen towncouncil.org.uk saying why they should be chosen.
An official twinning ceremony will take part in Gambia on January 24, with the date yet to be set for a ceremony in Darwen.
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