Aldwinians RUFC collect record breaking number of rugby shirts for LV= SOS Kit Aid
Aldwinians RUFC marked their 75th anniversary in style on 7 May by collecting the largest number of recycled and second-hand rugby shirts ever and will be donating all 10,000 shirts accumulated to the LV= SOS Kit Aid scheme, for distribution to disadvantaged young people.
The Aldwinians 1st XV pitch was covered in the kit and will now be repackaged and sent to young people around the UK and overseas as part of on-going work undertaken by The Lord’s Taverners backed LV= SOS Kit Aid initiative, which reached its first birthday in May.
Since its inception in May 2011, LV= SOS Kit Aid was voted ‘best community recycling initiative’ at the Awards for Excellence and has received the backing of Prime Minister, David Cameron, and Sports Minister, Hugh Robertson. At a time when sports participation is decreasing within the UK, programmes such as LV= SOS Kit Aid are striving to uphold London 2012 legacies.
Samantha Preece, LV= Social Responsibility Manager, said: "The work of the LV= SOS Kit Aid programme is vital in opening up sport to children from all backgrounds while also saving tonnes of unwanted sportswear from going to waste. Our aim is to support the thousands of children from disadvantaged backgrounds who are unable to try the sport as they simply have no kit. We are a proud supporter of rugby and cricket in the UK and hope that this programme will encourage the next generation of talent into the sport.”
Members of the public came in their numbers to the unveiling of the record breaking kit collection on Monday 7 May at Aldwinians RUFC, Audenshaw, Manchester. Former England and British Lions rugby internationals, Fran Cotton and Steve Smith were also on hand to support the ground-breaking initiative as they unveiled the record breaking 10,000 rugby shirts on the Aldwinians 1st XV pitch.