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17 February 2017

The Albion captain presented the kit to the winning team.

Brighton & Hove Albion captain Bruno presented Eastbourne FC's under-8s' team with a brand-new football kit as part of a national competition by Wickes, the official DIY partner of the EFL.

A total of 72 children’s football clubs across England and Wales have been rewarded with new kit provided by Mitre, and over 1,000 EFL tickets have been given out to all Kit for Kids winners  to watch their local EFL team play.

The competition invited junior sides to share their stories with Wickes in order to be in with a chance of winning the ultimate kit giveaway, with 72 sets of brand new Mitre kit available for the lucky winners and their football team.

Wickes have now carefully selected the winning projects, and will be supporting those that will best help the development of the footballers of the future.

Throughout February, March & April, winners of the community-based initiative will be presented with brand new football kit by their local Wickes store manager and a player/manager from their local EFL Club.

Yesterday saw an excited Eastbourne FC Under-8s team presented their kit by Bruno, and local Wickes store manager, Mark Tomasso.

Ben Wright, EFL commercial director, said: “It is very exciting to see how the ‘Kits for Kids’ initiative has captured the imagination of junior teams nationwide, and I am confident that local communities will really benefit from this competition.

“It is testament to the working relationships between Wickes and Mitre in their roles as official partners of the EFL, that this campaign has proved so popular and will now help inspire youngsters to enjoy playing football and become life-long fans of the game.

Matthew Gaunt, head of brand & communications at Wickes said: “We are thrilled to be meeting with the Kits for Kids winners throughout the UK.

"It enables us to see first-hand the value of supporting youth football teams and local communities. We are committed to our involvement within football, so will continue to build and grow our local involvement and support the game at grassroots level."

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