Sports Kit Recycling
Our sports kit recycling programme helps young people in the UK and abroad to access equipment.
May 2021 Update
Please note our collection hubs are starting to reopen as from May 17
Following the publication of recent Government guidelines, a number of our kit recycling collection hubs will open from Monday 17 May.
Not all hubs are currently open, but please keep checking the map further down this page for the latest news as to the status of your local recycling points.
Before dropping off your donation, please contact your local collection hub to arrange delivery.
As you can appreciate, with the inherent risk from Covid – 19 still present, we have to ensure, that all of our volunteers feel safe when receiving donations from the British public, Clubs and manufacturers that support our programme.
We have introduced a set of guidelines for each collection hub that will ensure, not only their safety, but the safety of donors as well. We will be asking all donors to follow these simple rules, once your nearest collection hub becomes available.
Dropping off donations at ALL collection hubs
- Please ensure that all items are properly cleaned and usable
- Agree a mutual date and time to drop off your donation
- All clothing/equipment must be in a sealed container, box or bag
- When handling containers/bags, please wear gloves/face masks
- If directed by collection hub, place donation in designated collection zone
- The collection hub has the right to refuse any donation on our behalf, if the above steps aren’t followed
There may be additional precautions to follow, at large County cricket grounds, sports clubs, shops and schools, and this will be communicated to you by them in due course.
Our warehouse is open for postal and parcel deliveries, however, for very large donations, please contact us to discuss further.
Get In touch
If you have any unwanted kit that you would like to send us or have any questions about collections or the sports kit recycling programme, you can get in touch with us at:
Lord’s Taverners: Unit 8 Yale Business Park, Bluestem Road, Ransomes Industrial Estate, Ipswich. IP3 9RR.
Phone: 0207 025 0021
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. See the map below for more information.
Sports Kit Recycling in Cape Town
How you can help
In order to receive more kit, we need your cricket club, school, shop, office or even your home to become a kit recycling ‘collection hub.’
Don’t worry, you won’t be inundated with sports kit every day! Most of our hubs are set up to receive kit at particular times of year, normally just before the UK cricket season starts and shortly after it finishes. Check the map below to find your nearest hub.
For a full list of what we do and don't collect, please see our collection standards document.
Become a collection hub in your area today by contacting Henry Stogdon: Henry.Stogdon@lordstaverners.org
Before dropping of your donation, please contact your local collection hub to arrange delivery.Email Henry Stogdon
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.
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 wish to make a kit application, please complete this application form or contact Dave Pemberton: 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.
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