The scheme, which began in 2011, is a joint initiative between the Premier League and the Professional Footballers Association (PFA), which involves players from each Barclays Premier League club donating £25,000 per club to create a £500,000 fund for the kit, which any English or Welsh school or organisation can then apply for a portion of.
Friendly Soccer Academy, a team of Polish youngsters who play from the youth centre on Beverley Road in Hull, were successful in their application and were delighted to have their new equipment delivered by Tigers midfielder Meyler.
Speaking during the visit, Michal Pujdak, manager of the Friendly Soccer Academy, said: “It was fantastic for David to come down because it shows all of the youngsters that, if they are prepared to work hard enough, they can make a future out of football.
“There is no better way to prove that than inviting along a footballer from our local Premier League club and it was a wonderful experience for the kids just to be in the same room as a Premier League footballer.
“David really was tremendous with all of the youngsters, taking time to answer their questions and playing some five-a-side football with them. He stayed with us for a lot longer than we thought and made such a wonderful impression on everybody.”
Friendly Soccer Academy was formed last December and from humble beginnings, has grown into a well run club catering for Polish youngsters aged from three years through to 14.
“The idea was to get Polish youngsters who have moved into Hull with their families engaged in sport, and more specifically football,” added Pujdak.
“It’s all about trying to get them active and involved in a club environment. I know from my own experience that their parents can sometimes be a little wary of sending them to sports clubs because of the language barrier and therefore they maybe don’t feel as confident in expressing themselves. Hopefully we can help to change that.”