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Date posted 06 Sep 2021

In partnership with BBC, Better Leisure Centre in Barnet are taking part in Kit Out The Nation.


What is this campaign about?

Kit Out the Nation' is a BBC month long Make a Difference campaign aimed at taking in and distributing unwanted, good condition sports kit and getting it to children and teenagers who need it. It will mirror the 'Give a Laptop' campaign, working with partners around the country.

Why are we doing this?

We've long known of the issue around access to sport and exercise because of the affordability of kit. The situation has been compounded by the pandemic and this is our chance to help to improve that situation.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee published a report on 29th July 2021 where they said data from Sport England showing 100,000 fewer children met the recommended level of activity in 2020 than in 2019 was "of significant concern".

There are other benefits – it's recycling on a grand scale. Good condition equipment that would otherwise go to landfill getting an extended life, it benefits the environment.

How can you support?

If you have any old or unused sports kit in good condition that can be passed on to a child in need please donate to:



Barnet Copthall Leisure Centre

Champions Way




Opening Times:

Monday – Friday – 6.30am – 10.00pm

Saturday/Sunday – 8.30am – 5.30pm


Better will then work with our local BBC Radio Station and charity Business2Schools to distribute to local children in need of a little extra support.

So, check out your cupboards, sort out the bedrooms and if you've got unwanted sports equipment help us get them to children and young adults.

More information: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1RvmVJyvX0PYv2vxG4rRbQS/kit-out-the-nation