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Kenyan pupils given Bobby Robson Newcastle shirts

Hundreds of Newcastle United shirts, left in tribute to the late Sir Bobby Robson, have been handed out to youngsters in Kenya.

Following Sir Bobby's death last July, almost 5,000 shirts and scarves were left by fans at St James' Park.

They were donated to charities working with children in Africa, eastern Europe and Asia.

The former England manager's son Mark gave shirts to youngsters in Kibera to mark the start of the World Cup.

The Sir Bobby Robson Foundation said it wanted the tributes to spread a love of the game among disadvantaged people across the world.

'Big smiles'

Mark Robson visited a school in Kibera, one of Africa's largest townships, where most of the pupils are orphans.

He said: "It's absolutely fantastic to see all these kids here.

"You can see by the big smiles on their faces how pleased they are to receive the shirts.

"My father would have loved to have seen this. So many shirts were left and they couldn't have been put to better use."

Three charities - Coaches Across Continents, KitAid and the RAF's Taking Football to Africa and Beyond Appeal - have been distributing the shirts around the world.

All the shirts were laundered free of charge by Sunlight Laundry at Bishop Auckland in County Durham.

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