SCHOOLS across Stourbridge are urging people to donate their second-hand football equipment to help make a difference to children’s lives in Africa.

The Stourbridge Learning Partnership, which is made up of a number of schools in the area, is collecting kits and boots to send to the children under their ‘Goals for Gambia’ campaign.

They are also appealing for other footballing items, including magazines, cards, posters, badges, stickers, lanyards and scarves, which are being collected in conjunction with Ridgewood High School’s Project Gambia initiative.

As part of the appeal’s launch, local primary school pupils were invited to design a logo which would feature on posters and promotional material.

The appeal received many entries, with the judges deciding on Quarry Bank Primary School pupil Maddy Morton as the winner, rewarding her with a certificate, pens and a notepad.

Anyone who would like to donate footballing items to the appeal can hand them into Ridgewood High School.