Kilwinning Sports Club launch football kit and boot exchange
Posted on 14 Jan 2020
Kilwinning Sports Club has launched the community-based equipment exchange to help tackle poverty and inequality and promote health and well-being.
Located at the reception desk of Kilwinning Sports Club, the football kit and boot exchange will provide a place where people can donate football boots and kit which no longer fit, making the sought-after items available to individuals or youth football teams. The exchange has the double benefit of making good use of out-grown kit and reducing the pressures on family budgets.
The KSC Youth Football Section were one of eight community groups in Kilwinning to have secured funding via North Ayrshire Council’s Youth Participatory Budgeting scheme in November last year.
The Youth PB initiative allows young people aged eight to 25 to vote where Council money is best spent in their locality and the football kit and boot exchange received £1,000 funding, when votes were cast in favour of the worthy initiative.
Alan McAlpine, KSC Child Wellbeing and Protection Officer, said: “We feel very lucky that young people in North Ayrshire helped us to secure funding for the football boot and kit exchange which opened last week.
“We have used the funds to develop a safe and secure storage facility for team equipment currently used by our network of 17 young football teams and 250 players.
“We have already successfully recycled two set of kits and hoodies to younger teams that are new to the club and we hope in the future to offer a local primary school a set of fantastic strips and waterproof jackets so they can use them for their own football team.
“We have also received a number of pairs of boots from Scottish Women’s National Team player and Chelsea superstar Erin Cuthbert after her Dad, Stephen visited the exchange.”
“The cost of football kit can be quite an expense, particularly football boots which young people tend to grow out of very quickly, often needing to replace them several times throughout the season.
“By offering our kit and boot exchange, we can make sure that local youth teams can access quality football kit easily, keeping players on the field and their costs down.
“We’ve already made some children and young people very happy, such as our very first customer Lukasz, aged 6, who received almost brand new football boots – bright red so you won’t miss him on the field.”
Councillor Louise McPhater, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “Participatory Youth Budgeting is a brilliant way for us to find out what matters most to young people in our communities, allowing us to fairly allocate funding accordingly.
“We are delighted to be have helped support the KSC football kit and boot exchange. The club’s commitment to provide accessible sporting facilities and equipment to young people in North Ayrshire is something the youth football team should be very proud of.
“I am sure the equipment exchange will continue to gain momentum, helping aspiring young footballers to develop their skills on the field while making positive and healthy lifestyle choices.”
If you would like to provide any kit to the exchange scheme contact KSC on 01294 556444.
To find out more about Participatory Budgeting schemes running in your area, click here.