We are partnering with BBC Radio Ulster on a new charitable campaign ‘Kit Out the Nation’. The initiative aims to provide good quality, used sports clothing and equipment to children and young people in need.
Donations can be made directly at our collection point in Olympia Leisure Centre. These will then be distributed to local schools and to the children who will benefit most.
Jacqui Pope, our Head of Service in Belfast said: “We know that for some children and young people one of the barriers to participating in sport is the affordability of sports kit. The situation has been compounded by the pandemic and this is our chance to help improve the situation.”
“We’re calling on local residents, teams and clubs to clear out their cupboards and if they find any sports clothing or equipment that is in good condition but no longer needed that they make a donation.”
The Kit Out the Nation initiative has other benefits too – it's recycling on a grand scale. Good condition equipment and clothing that would otherwise go to landfill gets an extended life; another great reason to support the initiative.
Data from Sport England published earlier this year shows levels of physical activity are falling. 100,000 fewer children met the recommended level of activity in 2020 than in 2019.
For further information on the Kit Out the Nation appeal and how to get involved