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Keeper Spanu kits out Kensington

PUBLISHED: 12:57 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 16:09 23 July 2010

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YOU can usually put your shirt on Alex Spanu – now FC Kensington under-15s can do that 11 times over thanks to the stand-in goalkeeper. Spanu, who plays for FCK s under-18 team, became the club s first recipient of a £300 award from the Jack Petchey Found

YOU can usually put your shirt on Alex Spanu - now FC Kensington under-15s can do that 11 times over thanks to the stand-in goalkeeper.

Spanu, who plays for FCK's under-18 team, became the club's first recipient of a £300 award from the Jack Petchey Foundation last week - and decided to spend it on buying the under-15 boys a new kit.

The 17-year-old was nominated for the award - which must be used to fund something of benefit to the club - for giving up his preferred role in defence to plug the gap in a goalkeeping crisis.

"He's one of the best central defenders we've got, but it was a case of needs must because we didn't have a keeper," said FCK under-18s boss Gary Street. "Alex volunteered and he's given it his best shot.

"He's actually quite good, even though he'd rather not be there. It can be difficult, especially in youth football, to get people to play in positions they don't want to.

"The under-15 boys were playing in a second-hand kit they'd bought off e-bay, so Alex decided to help them get a kit of their own."

Unfortunately, the under-15s will have to wait a little longer to pull on their new shirts after Sunday's cup tie with Headstone Manor was called off due to an unplayable pitch.

Spanu, who lives in White City, close to the club's Wormwood Scrubs base, also received a medal and a framed certificate from the Foundation - a grant-making scheme which benefits young people across London and Essex.

FCK will be asked to nominate another player from another age group for a Jack Petchey award in three months' time.

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