Why children of Belarus are proud to wear the colours of Bristol City
A LIFELONG Bristol City fan from Portishead has taken a flavour of Ashton Gate to his new home in Belarus.
John Nutt, who coaches a school football team in the city of Rogachev, has been asked to create a city-wide league for schoolchildren.
And with the help of his own childhood club he has provided his squad with their first ever kit.
When School Six walks out on their first game of the season, they will be wearing the full City red under their new name RBC (Rogachev Bristol City).
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The 62-year-old thanked the support from Bristol City for making the dream come true for the children, who had never owner their own kit.
He told the Post: "I used to walk past the school playing field and I always noticed the kids were playing in their school uniforms so I asked my wife who teaches there why it was. She told me they had no kits and nothing was organised for the kids as there was no money. There wasn't even a league to play in."
John became close with a lot of the young footballers when he started coaching the school's side and soon enough a Bristol City connection was born.
"When I first started going into the school the kids used to ask about my Bristol City tattoo. They were very curious so I started bringing over bobble hats and scarves whenever I went back to Bristol.
"One day I bought back a Bristol City Flag and immediately it found its place on the wall of their classroom.
"When I was asked to put the league together to cover all schools in the city, my team asked if they could wear red like Bristol City so I said I would do my best."
Being a life-long fan and still a season ticket holder – despite living 2,500 miles away – John called Bristol City to see if he could get a deal on kits to bring back for his newly formed team.
"Thanks to commercial director Kevin Smith, we got a big bag of 20 brand new kits with shorts and socks for all the kids.
"The kids absolutely love it. The new kits have been amazing and all thanks to the team at Bristol City.
The cup has been donated by Portishead-based Masterkey and will be rolled out in the final, which John hopes will attract families from all around the city.