Kevin Davies is widely known for a bustling and combative playing style that has seen him cement a reputation as one of the toughest strikers in the English game, and his efforts over many years have finally been awarded with an England cap.
However, while the Bolton captain continues to give some of the world’s best defenders a torrid time week in, week out in the Barclays Premier League, off the pitch he is anything but uncharitable.
The 33-year-old has become heavily involved in community projects over the last few years and is about to launch his own charity. KiDs of Bolton is set to begin later this year and will be aimed at helping disadvantaged children across the Bolton area.
“KiDs of Bolton is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. It’s a long process getting it started up and I’m pretty close now to getting it registered and ready to go out and start raising some money,” says Davies.
“I’ve been a professional footballer for 17 years and you see a lot of letters sent into the club and it’s impossible to answer all of them. The club work very hard and are constantly inundated with letters but it is impossible to help everybody.
“It’s something that myself, my wife and a few friends spoke about and we just wanted to give it a go, go out there and hopefully put on some good events, have some fun and try to raise money and help people. If we can put a smile on a few kids’ faces it will be a great thing we’re doing.”
Davies joined Bolton from Southampton in 2003 and his commitment on the pitch quickly saw him become a favourite with the club’s fans. He has been the Trotters’ player of the year three times and became the club’s captain in 2009 following the departure of Kevin Nolan to Newcastle.
Davies has enjoyed a good relationship with the Reebok Stadium faithful and the people of Bolton as a whole, so is relishing the chance to give something back to the community.
“Living in Bolton and playing here has been a massive part of my life. It’s not a cliché to say you want to give something back,” he says. “I’ve had a great relationship with the fans here, met some great people.
“We’re not specifically saying who we’re raising for. If a football team can’t afford to raise money for a kit and need it then hopefully we can step in. We’re pretty open-minded and will just try to help as many people as we can.”
Article courtesy of Players’ Club – the official magazine of the PFA.