Sports clubs across Leeds are being encouraged to be part of a new initiative that aims to provide sports kit to children across the city.
Zero Waste Leeds – supported by Yorkshire Sport Foundation and Active Leeds (Leeds City Council) – are launching their new project, Together for Sport, aiming to make good quality second hand sports kit available to all children in Leeds to help them play the sport they love.
According to Sport England, over 30% of children do less than 30 minutes of activity per day. This is half the time recommended by the NHS for a healthy lifestyle and has significant consequences for their learning, as well as for their physical and mental wellbeing.
One of the main barriers to playing sports is the cost of purchasing sport kit and equipment. With over 420,000 additional pupils now eligible for free school meals since the first lockdown in March 2020, it is time to make playing sports accessible to every child no matter their background. Distributing good quality second hand kit has also a positive impact on the planet, given the environmental impact of sport kits production and disposal.
By redistributing sport kit across the city it will enable more children to play the sport they love all whilst helping the planet too.
Over the next few months, the project is aiming to create a network of clubs who encourage a culture of sharing among their teams. The project is also looking to establish where there is particular demand for kit across Leeds so that donation and distribution opportunities can be setup in the most appropriate locations.
Gill Coupland, Director at Zero Waste Leeds, said: “We’re so excited to launch this first phase of Together For Sport.
“By working across the city with all our partners to open up donation and distribution channels for sport kit and equipment, young people can have the things they need to take part in the sports and activities they love.”
Clubs are invited to join the Facebook group to find out more.