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Sturridge to go back to Jamaican roots with charity drive

GIVING BACK: Sturridge in action against Manchester City (PA)

DANIEL STURRIDGE will return to Jamaica this summer to continue the charity work he began there last year with the launch of his foundation.

The 24-year-old Liverpool striker was able to fulfill a long held ambition by setting up the Daniel Sturridge Foundation to give back to people of the Caribbean island.

Both sets of the England international's grandparents hail from the country and Sturridge too has developed a strong affinity for Jamaica after holidaying there frequently over the years.

The foundation launch was held at the Faith Basic School in Waterford, Portmore, and incorporated a family sports day that included football, basketball and netball tournaments for children to participate in.

For Sturridge, it was an experience he thoroughly enjoyed.

He said: "Our family has strong links in Jamaica with both my grandparents being Jamaican, so it is great to be able to give back to the local community.

"We hope that The Sturridge Family Foundation Sports Day will encourage local youngsters to play sport.

"This is the first activity for our Foundation in Jamaica and we aim to build on this in the future."

Telecoms giants Digicel is a lead sponsor of the foundation
and last year donated $500,000 Jamaican dollars to the school.

"As a leading supporter of sports in Jamaica and the region, Digicel was therefore invited to come on board as a lead sponsor of this venture," said Tahnida Nunes, sponsorship manager at Digicel.

"Digicel is very happy to be on board with Daniel Sturridge and his family on this venture for a number of reasons."

Sturridge is expected to be named in Roy Hodgson's squad that will contest the World Cup in Brazil this summer after his hot scoring form for Liverpool this term in which he has racked up over 20 league goals.

The Foundation's committee, which includes his parents Michael and Grace, are already planning to extend the work of the charity to help and reach more youngsters.

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