Sports Kit Recycling
Our sports kit recycling programme helps young people in the UK and abroad to access equipment.
What is sports kit recycling?
Many young people in the UK and abroad find it hard to access sport, with one of the main barriers being a simple lack of access to the right kit and equipment.
Our sports kit recycling programme collects usable kit from across the UK through a network of local ‘collection hubs’.
The kit is then sorted and redistributed to partner organisations within the UK and around the world, who can put it to great use in their communities.
How does it help young people
The benefits of playing cricket and other sports are numerous. Having the correct kit gives more young people the opportunity to play team sport and develop crucial life skills such as teamwork, communication and confidence, alongside improving their overall health and wellbeing.
In recent years, we have sent large amounts of kit to projects in India, Germany, Antigua, Brazil, Romania, Rwanda, Uganda, The Gambia, Mexico and across the UK.
Sports Kit Recycling Impact
Want to donate your unwanted kit?
We have collection hubs located across the country which are set up to take your donations. You can find your nearest hub via the map below, where you will also find contact details and hub opening times. Please ensure that you contact our hubs before you drop off your kit and that it is securely wrapped or packaged.
For a full list of what we do and don't collect, please read our collection standards document before making your donation.
If you have any unwanted kit that you would like to send us directly please post it to: Lord’s Taverners, Unit 8 Yale Business Park, Bluestem Road, Ransomes Industrial Estate, Ipswich. IP3 9RR.
If have any questions about collections or the sports kit recycling programme, you can get in touch with us via 0207 025 0021.
Before dropping off your donation, please contact your local collection hub to arrange delivery.
16 boxes of recycled cricket, football and rugby kit and equipment have enabled the Mwamfumba Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society (MMPCS) to provide better sporting opportunities for young people living in the rural district of Chibombo in Zambia.
Nearly 3,000 items of cricket equipment and clothing weighing just under a tonne from our Sports Kit Recycling programme arrived in Pakistan to enable schools affected by flooding to rebuild their sports curriculums and help children return to a sense of normality.
Kahiu Aaron Mbugua works as a volunteer sports coach for schools and other groups in central Kenya. The kit that we donated has helped him to work with the most disadvantaged and far-flung rural schools, who could not afford to receive other coaching or take part in competitions.
Applying for kit
For overseas kit donations, we partner with cricket federations and organisations who are aiming to widen participation in the sport, with a focus on engaging young people and the local community.
If you would like to make an overseas kit request, please complete this overseas application form and return to Dave Pemberton at Dave.Pemberton@lordstaverners.org
For UK deliveries, we look to work with cricket clubs or youth organisations (especially those in economically deprived areas) who wish to develop their junior sections.
If you would like to make a UK kit request, please complete this UK application form and return to Dave Pemberton at Dave.Pemberton@lordstaverners.org
How else can I get involved?
Become a regional kit collector
We are looking for volunteers around the country who like to make a difference and collect unwanted kit from the local area.
Engage your colleagues and customers
Our kit sorting days provide a great opportunity for staff, customers and clients to work as a team to improve the lives of disadvantaged young people.
Partner with us
We are looking to partner with organisations to support our kit recycling programme. We are looking for assistance in all parts of the programme, from providing packing boxes to sponsoring the whole programme.
Deliver kit overseas
If you are going on a school tour, trip or are a charity already working overseas we would love to hear from you. We are always looking for new projects to send kit to.
If you would like more information on how to get involved with sports kit recycling please contact David Pemberton on 020 7025 0021 or via email.
Find out how you can support the work of our programmes
Our Other Programmes
Super 1s gives disabled young people aged 12-25 the chance to play regular competitive cricket while improving life skills such as confidence and independence.
Wicketz is a community cricket programme aimed at young people aged 8-19 living in deprived communities, providing weekly cricket sessions as well as life skills workshops.