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Disadvantaged youngsters to get sports kit thanks to Worcester University

Worcester Editorial 25th Jan, 2024   0

SPORTS kit donated by the University of Worcester will soon be making its way to disadvantaged young people all over the world.

Staff have handed over more than 100 pieces of surplus kit to the charity SOS Kit Aid. The charity recycles sports kits for use by people in developing countries.

The haul includes three sets of rugby squad shirts from the women’s and men’s teams.

A complete rugby kit for a whole squad, along with four men’s and women’s football squad kits was also included.

Charlotte Beaman-Evans, senior lecturer in Physical Education, who also leads the University’s Sports Scholarship programme, said: “The University prides itself in leading the way on sustainability and inspiring others to follow suit both within and outside the community.

“This kit has accumulated over a number of years and we’re so grateful to have found a charity to work with.

“They will make sure this kit will not only be given a second life rather than ending up in landfill, but importantly make a difference to young people in another part of the world.”

SOS Kit Aid distributes second-hand and un-used new sports kits to disadvantaged youngsters all over the globe.

The charity aims to use the power of sport to make a positive impact on young people’s lives.

Mark Newton, regional collector for SOS Kit Aid, said: “The charity is very grateful for the donation and it will definitely make a difference.

“The kit is destined for children in developing countries all over the world to play sport in.

“It gives them a sense of identity and makes them feel as though they’re part of the world game.”

The recycling of this clothing also helps protect the environment by preventing such items from ending up in landfill sites and thereby reducing harmful emissions.

Up to August last year, the charity has distributed £8million of kit, through more than 700 deliveries.

It has benefitted a quarter of a million people from over 56 countries.

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