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Foundation support helps 'Kit out York'

By Dan Simmonite | 7th September 2021

In partnership with BBC Radio York, York City FC Foundation are taking part in 'Kit Out The Nation' from 4th September to 2nd October and are calling for our fans' support.​

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 otherwise don’t have any.


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 clothing that would otherwise go to landfill getting an extended life, it benefits the environment. 

How can you support?

It’s very simple - if you have any sports clothing, trainers, football boots etc that your child has grown out of or is no longer used, but is in good condition, you can donate it to use for us to ensure that it is passed onto a child(ren)

You can easily donate by dropping your items into the Charity bin provided in the Community Hub at the LNER Community Stadium.

The large blue bin is located adjoining the lifts (to the right of the lifts on the left hand side of the hub from the front main entrance and opposite the glazed front of the York City Football Club and Foundation offices) Monday to Sunday 8am to 8pm


LNER Community Stadium, Kathryn Avenue, Huntington, York, YO32 9AF

York City FC Foundation will then work with local schools and children within our programmes to re-distribute the items, to local families in need of a little extra support to ensure their children feel comfortable and have appropriate kit for taking part in activity.

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