Murphy collects 218 football shirts for South African children via The University of Leeds!

An eight-year-old football fan has inspired a campaign to take the beautiful game to Africa.

Soccer mad Murphy Grisedale-Stairs, from Carlisle, was initially asked to donate one of his old football kits to children overseas.

When he realised that there are youngsters in the world who can't afford their own strips, it made him think.

He decided he wanted to do more - and came up with the idea of Murphy's Mission.

Launching a Facebook campaign with the help of his parents, the Caldew Lea Primary School pupil asked people to donate their old kits. In just a few weeks he has collected more than 170 football shirts - and they are still coming in.

Now Murphy, who plays for Northbank FC, is planning to collect all year round.

All of the donated kits will be taken out to KwaZulu-Natal, in South Africa, and handed out to children who otherwise would never be able to own their own football kit.

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