08 March 2017
Recycle your sports clothing and help the whole community get active
Members of Shetland's sports community join Shetland Sport and Leisure Services Sport and Physical Activity Coordinator Lesley Spence to donate their items of sportswear at the Recycle Point in the Clickimin Leisure Complex. From left: Claire Morris, Aimee Keith, Lesley Spence, Tom Jamieson and James Aitken. Photo: SIC Communications
A scheme has been launched to encourage people to donate their unwanted sports clothes and help other folk in the community get active, with six new drop boxes now located across Shetland.
Information from frontline services working with young people and adults shows that one of the barriers for people on a low income getting into sport and physical activity can be the cost of trainers and suitable clothing.
The public are being asked to donate their unwanted trainers and sports clothes by dropping the items in to the boxes.
The idea is being backed by local retailers Intersport and Cee & Jays who have already donated a range of clothing. Local athletes James Aitken (football), Claire Morris (netball) and Tom Jamieson (athletics) have already shown their support and brought along some of their own donations.
Lesley Spence, Sport and Physical Activities Co-ordinator with Shetland Islands Council: “This scheme will help those who find it difficult to take part in sports simply because they don’t have suitable clothing or trainers. I’m confident that the Shetland public will show their well-known generosity and donate any new or nearly-new items so that others can use them.”
Ian Pagulayan, Director of Intersport and Cee & Jays: “As a retailer, we want to continue our longstanding support of the local sporting community and fully support the initiative to help those who need it most. We offer a wide range of clothing and footwear at a range of prices, but understand that this can still be too expensive for some. We hope our donations of brand new clothing will help kickstart the initiative, and encourage other sports people to make their own donations.”
Drop Boxes can be found at - the Old Library Centre, Lerwick; Clickimin Leisure Complex; North Mainland Leisure Centre, Brae; Sandwick Games Hall; Scalloway Games Hall and Gilbertson Park Games Hall, Lerwick.On Monday the 10th April items will be picked up, arranged into suitable bundles and distributed.