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Kind-hearted Kai kickstarts the Sorrento Bali branch!

Football West News

A junior football team in Bali is proudly sporting the colours of Sorrento FC thanks to a generous gesture from a Duncraig schoolboy.

Kai Matthews, a Year 11 student who plays for Sorrento’s Under-18s, was on a diving holiday with his father Rob earlier this year when they met local man Dewa Suwija, the coach of Lipah Beach FC – a team with little going for it but enthusiasm and a love of the sport.

Dewa Suwija, the coach of Lipah Beach FC, and the players

“They were a local rag-bag team, had no shirts and were absolutely penniless,” said Rob.

“Kai suggested that we donate our old shirts which we had around the house, so I said to him to get together with his mates and see what they could do.”

Kai prepares to head to Bali with the Sorrento tops

Kai, a student at Duncraig Senior High School, his friends, parents and club officials all got involved and before they knew it they had collected around 50 football tops, nearly all Sorrento.

“We went back up and handed them over and took some cones as well. I think it kitted about three teams.”

Kai’s next big date is July 20 when he and his Sorrento teammates take on Bayswater City in the final of the Belt Up State League U18 Cup Final at Dorrien Gardens.