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Date posted 24 Sep 2021

Manchester leisure centres partner with the BBC on new appeal

Better the charitable social enterprise that operates leisure centres across Manchester under the MCRactive brand, has partnered with BBC Radio Manchester 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 collection points across Manchester. These will then be distributed to local schools and to the children who will benefit most.

Ian Harkins, Head of Service for Better in Manchester 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.

Donations can be made at:

  • Manchester Aquatics Centre
  • Hough End Leisure Centre

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. MCRactive work across multiple projects to improve activity levels of children and young people in Manchester. Visit for ideas and inspiration to help young people enjoy being active, healthy and reach their potential.

For further information on the Kit Out the Nation appeal and how to get involved visit: