Don’t let cricket go to waste – your pre-loved cricket kit can have such a positive impact on someone’s life. Recycle it at a collection hub in Gloucestershire and Bristol.
Over the #GetSetWeekend of 1st and 2nd April, cricket clubs across Gloucestershire and Bristol will be getting ready for the upcoming season. Members of clubs will be sprucing up pavilions, painting changing rooms, stretching out the boundary rope, updating coaching equipment, and knocking in new bats, all in preparation for that first sound of leather on willow for the season or the chorus of an appeal.
Naturally, in any clear out, there may be some pre-loved kit that is no longer being used and this #GetSetWeekend, the Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation have expanded our partnership with the Lord’s Taverners to support their Sports Kit Recycling Programme across our wonderful cricketing region.
Should you or your club have any old, usable kit, we are asking for it to be donated to the Lord’s Taverners to support their Sports Kit Recycling Programme for it to be put to good use and have a positive impact.
Collection Hubs in Gloucestershire and Bristol
To help make it easier for you to drop off your donations, five amazing clubs have agreed to be Collection Hubs over the #GetSetWeekend for people to drop off their donations. Below are details of where the Collection Hubs are and the process of dropping off donations.
The last day to drop off donations at the Collection Hubs will be Thursday 13th April.
|Drop off Details
|Chipping Sodbury CC
St. John's Way
|Please contact James to arrange a drop off time.
|Golden Hill CC
|Golden Hill Sports Ground
|Please drop off donations at the below times:
- Saturday 1st April 12pm - 5pm
- Monday 3rd April to Thursday 6th April 11am - 3pm daily
- Tuesday 11th April to Thursday 13th April 11am - 3pm
|Haresfield Gladiators CC
|Please contact Astie to arrange a drop off time.
|Hatherley & Reddings CC
|Please drop off donations at the below times:
- Saturday 1st April 9:30am - 1pm
- Monday 3rd April 9am - 12pm
- Wednesday 5th April 9am - 5pm
- Saturday 8th April 9:30am - 1pm
- Thursday13th April 9:30am - 1pm
|Please contact Chris to arrange a drop off time.
Why take part?
Your pre-loved cricket kit can have such a positive impact on someone’s life and the benefits of playing cricket are numerous. Having the correct kit gives more young people the opportunity to play team sport and develop crucial life skills such as teamwork, communication, and confidence, alongside improving their overall health and wellbeing. Donating old usable cricket kit can also reduce CO2 emissions and reduce cricket gear going to waste and being sent to landfill.
#GetSetWeekend is a time when clubs clear out old kit and equipment, but this year, instead of making a beeline for the tip, please do make every effort to drop it off at a club in your area. It is a wonderful programme that helps young people in the UK and abroad to access equipment and enjoy sport and your club can play its part.
We have all experienced using a club’s kit bag and the frustration of rummaging through it trying to find the matching pad to the one that’s already wrapped round a leg, only to find that matching pad has two of its straps ripped off. Or realising the only pair of batting gloves available were fashioned by Fagin, exposing the ends of your fingers.
If you do have some unused kit and are considering donating, it doesn’t have to be high grade willow, but it does need to be usable. To avoid repeating our club kit bag experience, please check kit is paired up, in a usable state, with any clothes and boots washed and cleared of mud.
Collection Hubs will only be accepting kit donations that are packed in closable bags or are boxed up, as they are unable to accept any loose items. Check out the Lord’s Taverners Collection Standards for a full list of what can and can’t be donated.
What is the Lord’s Taverners Kit Recycling Programme?
The Lord’s Taverners are a sports charity who exist to positively impact the lives of young people facing the challenges of inequality. They have been a longstanding partner of the Gloucestershire Cricket Foundation who support our community cricket offer through Wicketz Bristol, Super 1s, and SEND school delivery.
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 it to great use in their communities.
Please do make every effort to donate as your pre-loved kit can be loved again and have such a positive impact on young people, while being sustainable and reducing CO2 emissions.