A month ago, Blues Foundation pledged its support to the campaign which has been designed to distribute sports clothing to schools throughout the UK. The aim is to give as many children as possible access to kit that they may otherwise not have been able to afford or get hold of.
Lack of sporting equipment – particularly suitable clothing – has shown that thousands of children are not getting the recommended daily amount of activity and exercise, which is 60 minutes.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only gone to further highlight the problem nationwide, and Blues Foundation is determined to have an impact locally in Bedfordshire.
The total number of items collected throughout the campaign now stands at circa 450.
Blues Foundation will now work with schools in Bedfordshire to distribute the kit to those in need and meet the local demand. Should there be any remaining kit which is either unsuitable for physical activity or left spare, Blues Foundation will then work with local charities to support those outside of the schooling system but with the same need.
Discussing the campaign, Blues Foundation Manager, Tom Harwood said:
“As a charity we are passionate about removing barriers to participation in sport or physical activity, so we’re delighted to lend our support to the Kit Out The Nation campaign and help find new homes for sports kit no longer in use.
“We have been overwhelmed with donations so far and look forward to working with schools, educational facilities and charities in our local area to ensure those in need get the right sports kit to aid them in participating in regular exercise and physical activity.”