Swindon leisure centre partners with BBC for charitable campaign

By Jessica Durston - 8 September 2021

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Charitable social enterprise, 'Better' has partnered with BBC Radio Wiltshire on the new campaign 'Kit Out the Nation.'

  • Interior of Swindon's Link Centre

    Interior of Swindon's Link Centre

'Better' operates leisure centres across Swindon on behalf of Swindon Borough Council. 

Its charity initiative with BBC Wiltshire aims to provide good quality, used sports clothing and equipment to children and young people in need.

Donations of second hand kit can be made directly at collection points within the Link Centre on Whitehill Way.  These donated items will then be distributed to local schools and to the children who will benefit most.

Elliot Pether, General Manager at The Link Centre said: “We know that for some children and young people one of the barriers to participating in sport is the affordability of sports kit.  The situation has been compounded by the pandemic and this is our chance to help improve the situation.”

“We’re calling on local residents, teams and clubs to clear out their cupboards and if they find any sports clothing or equipment that is in good condition but no longer needed that they make a donation.”

The Kit Out the Nation initiative is also promoting recycling. Good condition equipment and clothing that would likely otherwise go to landfill will get an extended life.

Data from Sport England published earlier this year, shows levels of physical activity are falling. 100,000 fewer children met the recommended level of activity in 2020 than in 2019.

More information on the Kit Out the Nation appeal can be found at https://www.better.org.uk/kit-out-the-nation

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