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KIT OUT THE NATION

In partnership with BBC Radio Suffolk, Stowmarket Town Football Club 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”

They called for:

  • a sporting equivalent of the “Eat Out to Help Out” campaign, entitled “Work Out to Help Out”, to incentivise volunteers and participants to get involved, participate in organised sport and support the sporting infrastructure, both in England and across the UK

  • before the end of this year, the government should initiate a nationwide communications campaign, similar to that of the “five a day” campaign, to emphasise the importance of children and young people engaging in at least 60 minutes of moderate activity every day

  • the government work with Sport England, UK Sport and the National Lottery to review and revise the current funding models to enable sports organisations to accumulate greater reserves and, as a result, have more of a cushion to support themselves with should another situation like the COVID pandemic occur

  • the government should set out the ways in which it intends to encourage schools across the country to make their facilities more available to community and grassroots sports clubs at a fair rate

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 down the club before  Tuesday 28th September fixture against AFC Sudbury

Your old kit could be the reason a local child can access sport