Kit recycling making a worldwide impact

The Lord’s Taverners Sports Kit Recycling programme has had a very successful year in 2017, with donated clothing and equipment helping people play sport in 14 countries – and we’re hoping that 2018 will be even better with the help of the teams in the The Cricketer Village Cup.

Our programme has delivered kit in four continents around the world, helping to give people in Antigua, Cameroon, Canada, Cuba, France, Gambia, Germany, India, Malawi, Namibia, Serbia, South Africa and the UK a sporting chance.

Over 4,000 items of sports clothing and equipment, weighing over 2.5 tonnes has been donated by individuals, clubs and organisations and distributed all over the world to help those in need.

Young cricketers at Urlings CC in Antigua, received their first ever set of cricket whites and equipment from the Lord’s Taverners this year. The game is now thriving at the club as a result. A children’s programme was set up for boys and girls aged 5-16 of all abilities, held every Friday. Inspired by the impact of cricket at the club, plans are now afoot to pay for a coach to train 4-5 players from each of the eight local village teams and become coaches. This is a fantastic development considering that, in the past, young people there had very little access to cricket due to it not being played at school or being part of low income families, often with one parent.

This is just one of the many examples of how your old kit can make a difference around the world – rather than just sitting in your garage!

To find out how you or your club can help with kit recycling, please visit www.lordstaverners.org/sportskitrecycling