National Recycle Week: Tigers Trust proud to supply local girl's football team with donated boots
Posted on 23rd September 2022 at 16:51
A 'Boot Room' campaign run by the Tigers Trust to clean and re-use unwanted football boots is still running strong after its launch in April.
Earlier this year, volunteers of all ages from the Tigers Trust's Premier League Kicks programme and Walking Football sessions came together to take part in the cleaning activity and collectively cleaned over one-hundred boots as part of the first-ever Week of Action.
This week has seen the Tigers Trust donate a large amount of boots to Collingwood Primary School.
Suzi Arksey, a teaching assistant from the school, had posted an appeal earlier in the week having recently launched a new girl's football team.
Suzi stated in the appeal that a lot of the girls didn't have access to the correct equipment, and this is where the Tigers Trust were keen to step in.
Tigers Trust NCS Officer Georgia Field spotted the post on Facebook and immediately expressed a desire in wanting to help out.
She said: "It's incredibly important to provide opportunities to girls and boys who potentially may not have access to football boots or other sports equipment.
"Barriers such as this shouldn't stop young people from missing out on playing a sport they love, especially with the recent rise of women's football."
Georgia also shared the appeal with the team that she coaches, Malet Lambert YC U11 Girls.
The team have since donated boots and shinpads to the Tigers Trust's Boot Room initiative and these have now been passed onto Collingwood Primary School.
The Trust’s Marketing and Communications Lead Olly Burdett says that the Boot Room initiative targets major issues, including global climate change and the increased cost of living.
“As an organisation, we’re aware of the climate change crisis and the Tigers Trust is incredibly committed to minimising the local environmental impact wherever possible,” he said.
“This initiative recycles a piece of equipment that is used by millions worldwide, whilst aiming to ensure that no individual is left without the correct equipment to participate in physical activity.
“The reaction so far has been incredibly positive and we’re always receiving messages from people to let us know that they’d like to donate boots.
“Although we’ve got a long way to go, we hope that this project can inspire other clubs across the network to launch similar activities.”
As the festive period approaches, the Tigers Trust are now urgently appealing for more donations.
The current stock of boots is set to be distributed across the organisation’s Christmas activity, and these stocks will need replenishing for the project to continue.
If you would like to donate boots to the Tigers Trust’s boot cleaning initiative, please contact [email protected]
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