What is sports kit recycling?
The Lord’s Taverners sports kit recycling programme collects usable kit from across the UK through a network of local collection hubs. These items are then sorted and redistributed, to organisations within the UK and around the world, who can put them to great use in their communities.
In 2021, Harefield Gladiators Cricket Club near Stonehouse, became Gloucestershire’s first Lord’s Taverners Sports Kit Recycling Hub and were a central point for individuals, families and other cricket clubs to donate usable sport kit. To support Harefield Gladiator’s lead and to make the scheme more accessible and easier for donations to be made, our aim is to encourage more Gloucestershire clubs to join the scheme in 2022.
How does it help young people?
Many young people, in the UK and abroad, find it hard to access sport, with one of the main barriers being a simple lack of access to the right kit and equipment. By re-using these good condition items, it diverts them away from landfill sites, and into the possession of projects, groups and individuals who can benefit so much from them.
Having the correct kit gives more young people the opportunity to play team sports and develop crucial life skills such as teamwork, communication, confidence; alongside improving their overall health and wellbeing.
In recent years, the charity has sent large amounts of kit to projects in Germany, Antigua, Brazil, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and across the UK.
How can you donate?
Our collection hubs are situated all over the UK and you can donate your unwanted, usable sports kit, to your nearest hub.
Alternatively, send your donation directly to our re-distribution warehouse, located in Suffolk:
Unit 8 Yale Business Park, Bluestem Road, Ransomes Industrial Estate, Ipswich, IP3 9RR
We ask all donors to follow these simple rules, before donating kit and/or visiting your nearest collection hub:
- Please ensure that all items are properly cleaned and usable
- Agree a mutual date and time to drop off your donation
- All clothing/equipment must be in a sealed container, box or bag
- When handling containers/bags, please wear gloves/face masks
- If directed by collection hub, place donation in designated collection zone
- The collection hub has the right to refuse any donation on our behalf, if the above steps aren’t followed
For a full list of what we do and don’t collect, please see our collection standards document.
Could you be a collection hub?
In order to receive more donations, the Foundation are seeking to establish a network of collection hubs across Gloucestershire. If there isn’t a suitable location near you, why not apply to become a collection point. This can be your cricket club, school, shop, office or even your home!
Don’t worry, you won’t be inundated with sports kit every day as most hubs are set up to receive kit, during specific times of the year, which co-insides with the start and close of the UK County cricket season.
If your club is interested in becoming a Lord’s Taverners Sport Kit Recycling Collection Point, please contact Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation Club Development Manager, Scott Tremain.
Can we apply for kit?
For UK deliveries, the Lord’s Taverners look to work with cricket clubs or youth organisations (especially those in economically deprived areas) who wish to develop their junior and youth sections.
To find out more or request an application form, please contact Dave Pemberton (Lord’s Taverners – Project Manager – Kit Recycling).
If you would like general information on how to get involved with our sports kit recycling program, please visit the Lord’s Taverners website.
Scott Tremain / Club Development Manager
Now in his exciting role as Club Development Manager, he is responsible for leading the team of club development staff and working closely with cricket clubs across the county to provide direct support with the aim of creating sustainable clubs for the future. Furthermore, Scott leads youth competitions and the ECB Clubmark Accreditation and sits on a number of GCF Development Groups and Committees.
Scott is a big Plymouth Argyle FC fan and plays his cricket at Dumbleton.