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Farsley charity appeals for unwanted sports kits to help families in need

A Farsley-based charity is calling for people to donate their unwanted football boots, trainers and sports kit to be donated to school children and families to enable them to participate in sport. 

Sporting Heritage CIC is backing the BIG Kit Donation call-out, which is being launched in the build up to National Sporting Heritage Day (NSHD) on 30 September 2022.

The day, launched by Sporting Heritage following the London 2012 Olympics, is a celebration of the impact and legacy of sporting history.

The Farsley based organisation is joining with Action For Sport and the donations will be used to create a large installation featuring the NSHD initials on the playing fields at Horsforth School and then distributed to families living in poverty in the UK.  

Thousands of boots, trainers and kit are required to make the giant installation and people are encouraged to share their sporting story of their donation by downloading a ‘Your Sporting Story’ tag to attach to the item available on the Sporting Heritage website.  

Dr Justine Reilly, founder of Sporting Heritage CIC said: “This year we have seen some history defying sporting moments, such as the Women’s Euros and Birmingham Commonwealth Games, which have had an immensely positive impact on young people.

“It’s important we are able to harness and support that by removing barriers wherever we can. 

“The heritage that came before these sporting successes is also hugely significant and understanding that sporting journey is what can shape the future for generations to come. We all have a sporting story to share, and we can’t wait to read these along with people’s donated items.”

The charities need as many donations as possible to make the giant letters, which they will start assembling on the morning of the 30 September at Horsforth School. Donations can be dropped off from 8am on the morning of the 30th at the school when members of the two organisations and students will be creating the installation.

All donations will then be distributed by Action For Sport to young people and families in need. 

Further details on the kit donation campaign, tag download and details on how you can get involved in this year’s National Sporting Heritage Day are available here.

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