AN ONLINE clothing company has donated over 300 pairs of football boots to the Herefordshire FA as they look to give something back to the community.

MandM Direct recently donated the boots to help make a difference to families and individuals by making sure they can enjoy playing on the new 3G facilities in the county.


Herefordshire FA (HFA) CEO Alan Darfi said: “It is fantastic to receive such a generous donation from MandM Direct.

"The boots will really make a difference in terms of supporting the 10,000 people across Herefordshire regularly involved in football activity, particularly ensuring individuals without boots can access our wonderful 3G pitch facility at the County Ground.

"It’s great to work with an organisation the size of MandM Direct and we’ll look forward to exploring further ways we can help them to help their local community.’’

The Herefordshire FA project called the ‘HFA Boot Bank’ helps to support individuals and families who may be from deprived areas of the county.

HFA football development officer Scott Russell added: “The MandM Direct donation is simply brilliant and will have a big impact to the footballing community.

"It’s so important for us to build good working relationships with local companies and the fact that MandM Direct, who are now international, still want to invest time and money to support local charities or organisations.

"It’s important to understand that some people’s old boots can be reused and given a new lease of life for other people who want to play football."

Since the Boot Bank was set up the Herefordshire FA have managed to help several individuals from junior, senior and disability football, allowing players the opportunity to play football knowing they have correct footwear that can be used on grass and 3G pitches.

MandM Direct customer director, Tom Goode added: "As a sports-obsessed local business, it is our pleasure to support the Herefordshire FA’s Boot Bank by donating over 300 pairs of brand new adidas football boots.

"We strive to keep our prices as low as possible, but we also know that it is not always possible to buy new football boots and so we're thrilled to be able to support those who need them most; going some way to helping both children and adults play the beautiful game."

If you have old boots that you would like to donate, contact the HFA at or 01432 342179.

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