The Bedford Blues and BBC Three Counties Radio are joining together in a national campaign to give children access to sport’s kits they may not otherwise be able to afford or be able to get hold of.
Recent research has found that thousands of children are not getting the recommended 60 minutes of daily activity a day.
In July a DCMS select committee report, with data from Sport England, also found that 100,000 fewer children met the recommended level of activity in 2020 than in 2019.
This has further been compounded by the pandemic, access to facilities and families not being able to afford the kit.
The help tackle this, BBC local radio stations up and down the country are launching ‘Kit Out The Nation’ as part of BBC Radio’s ongoing ‘Make a Difference’ campaign.
The aim of the campaign is to take in and distribute unwanted, good-condition sports kit and distribute it to children and teenagers who need them most.
In Bedford, there will be a drop-off point at the Bedford Blues ground on Goldington Road. Details of which can be found at the Blues Foundation website.
“As a charity, we are passionate about removing barriers to participate in sport or physical activity, so we were delighted to join the Kit Out the Nation campaign and help find new homes for sports kits no longer in use,” said Tom Harwood of the Blues Foundation.
“Exercise is so important for our physical and mental health, hopefully through this campaign, we can enable more children in Bedfordshire to be active.”
The Make a Difference campaign is calling on local people to donate spare kit and equipment, as well as calling on companies and charities willing to offer their premises for donations, collections and distribution of the clean kit.
Chris Burns, Head of Audio and Digital for BBC England said “Make a Difference’ has been a phenomenal success during lockdown and I am proud that all 39 local BBC radio stations will be involved in helping young people get access to sports kit and equipment they need to get fit and stay healthy through ‘Kit Out he Nation’.”
If you would like to get involved or have any good condition equipment, that would otherwise go to landfill or simply remain in cupboards, then please register here.
You can also register here if you are a school that would like to help distribute kits to students.