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Kit out the Nation

Local BBC radio stations across England, and BBC radio stations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are coming together to Kit out the Nation.

In July, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee published data from Sport England which showed 100,000 fewer children met the recommended level of activity in 2020 than in 2019 and it was "of significant concern".

There has been a long standing issue around access to sport and exercise because of the affordability of kit. Also, good condition equipment, that would otherwise go to landfill or simply remain in cupboards, could get an extended life and help a young person get active.

From now until Saturday 16 October we are aiming to get kit and sports equipment to the schools and clubs where a young person can use it. Good condition equipment, that would otherwise go to landfill or simply remain in cupboards, could get an extended life and help a young person get active.

So, let’s get our nation's young people more active.

How you can get involved

We are looking for donations as well as companies or charities willing to offer their premises for donation collection of clean kit in good condition at specified times and/or for distribution to schools and clubs who may need them.

We are looking for everyday items of sports kit (clothing) and regular games equipment that a young person can use in an activity, such as balls, bats and rackets. We are not looking for large items of gym equipment.

So, check out your cupboards, sort out the bedrooms and if you’ve got unwanted sports kit or equipment help us get them to children and young adults.

If you are charity or company with schemes that can help with access to sport kit, or a campaign not listed who would like to share details with the BBC's Make a Difference Kit out the Nation campaign, please contact us using this online form.

Where can you donate your unwanted sports kits?

We are looking for clean and usable kit. We recommend that you bag up any kit or equipment prior to donation. Collection centres can refuse to accept items that are not bagged.

Please DO NOT bring donations to BBC sites as we are unable to accept them.

There are hundreds of locations to donate your unwanted kit. Some companies and charities can take your kit off your hands ready for distribution; some are collecting donations to help fund kit for young people; some are local to specific areas and some are nationwide across the UK. With any donations we recommend you follow the company or charities Covid-19 guidance.

To help you find a location near you we’ve created sections for parts of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Some collection groups cover more than one area.

Below you’ll find links to participating groups offering collection points. We’re adding collection points regularly, but if you can’t find a convenient collection point in the part of the UK where you live, we’ve also put some multi-location collectors in one place. Links on these websites offer a variety of locations that we hope will be convenient to you.

Multi-location collectors around the UK

Leisure Centres

We are working closely with the following leisure centre groups who, together, have hundreds of drop-off points at locations across the UK. Click on a link below to find a centre near you.

  • Active Leeds - Accepts donations at various locations in Leeds and the surrounding area.

  • Calderdale Council - Accepts donations at the following locations:
    • North Bridge Leisure Centre
    • Todmorden Leisure Centre

  • Magna Vitae - Accepts donations at various locations in Lincolnshire.

North

  • 4EDEN - Accepts donations from Penrith and surrounding areas in Cumbria.

  • Active Leeds - Accepts donations at various locations in Leeds and the surrounding area.

  • BeGreatFitness - Accepts donations from Grimsby and surrounding areas.

  • Bury AFC - Accepts donations from Bury and surrounding areas in Lancashire.

  • Calderdale Council - Accepts donations at the following locations:
    • North Bridge Leisure Centre
    • Todmorden Leisure Centre

  • Magna Vitae - Accepts donations at various locations in Lincolnshire.

  • Salford City FC - Accepts donations from Salford and the surrounding area.

  • Welholme Works - Accepts donations from Grimsby and the surrounding areas.

  • Widnes RUFC - Accepts donations from Widnes and the surrounding area.

Midlands (East and West)

  • CEL Sports - Accepts donations from across Leicestershire.

  • Pass Move Grin - Accepts donations from Nottingham and the surrounding areas.

South and London

East

West and South West

  • Bath Rugby - Accepts donations from Bath and the surrounding areas.

  • Wiltshire YFC - Accepts donations from Wiltshire and the surrounding areas.

Scotland

Find out more about BBC Radio Scotland's Make a Difference campaign here.

Wales / Cymru

Northern Ireland

We will be adding to this list as the campaign continues.

FAQs

Can I donate directly to a school or club?

We recommend donating kit and equipment via one of our linked companies or charities. If you wish to contact a school or club directly, here are some places who may be able to help:

  • Business2Schools has an online form where schools can register to ask for donation pledges. This covers much of the UK.

We are a school or club and want to access kit or equipment - how do we do this?

If you’re a school or club who would benefit from receiving donated kit or equipment, we’ve listed below some schemes that will help:

Alternatively, you (schools and clubs, not individuals) can browse our list of leisure centres and contact them directly.

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