Ryan Reynolds donates money for kits for a youth football team in Wales

Ryan Reynolds has donated £1,600 towards football kits for a youth team in Wales.

The Deadpool star, who is co-chairman of Wrexham FC along with fellow actor Rob McElhenney, made the donation after the mother of the young FC United of Wrexham futsal player set up a fundraising page.

Kayleigh Barton said her son Keegen and his under-12 teammates designed the new kit and asked if anyone could donate to help the boys get their new kit.

Writing on the GoFundMe page, Ms Barton said the boys deserve it because they work so hard.

A royal visit to Wrexham

The King talks to Ryan Reynolds during a visit to the Wrexham Football Club racecourse (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)

“I will be grateful for any help and donations for this cause!” She wrote.

The site attracted the attention of Hollywood star Reynolds, 46, who made two separate donations of £1,000 and £600.

GoFundMe confirmed that the donations came from the actor.

Ms Barton said it was a “complete shock” and “totally unexpected”.

She said: “I received an email saying Ryan had donated the full £600 and when I clicked on the link and saw it was Ryan Reynolds I was delighted.”

Ms Barton said she called the coach in shock before receiving another email saying Reynolds had donated another £1,000.

“I was almost in tears. I know how much this money means to the club and the guys. Happy is an understatement, she said.

Ms Barton said her son and his teammates were “ecstatic” and were looking forward to receiving their new kits and sending a picture of the actor.

Reynolds and McElhenney took full control of National League club Wrexham F.C. from Wrexham Supporters Trust in February 2021, investing £2 million under the terms of the deal.

They donated £10,000 to the charity site following the death of the player’s child, and Reynolds also sent a message to six-year-old Leland, who was diagnosed with cancer.

The first donation was made to a GoFundMe page set up by soccer player Jordan Davies and his partner Kelsey Edwards after their son Arthur was “born sleeping”.

Reynolds also urged his supporters last year to get tested before the match against Wrexham as a potential bone marrow donor for Leland, a Blyth Spartans fan.

They also explored the history and culture of Wrexham in their hit TV series Welcome To Wrexham.

The Critics’ Choice Award-winning show documents the team’s progress and tells the story of the club founded in 1864 and home to the world’s oldest international pitch.

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