A Northamptonshire sports coach has launched a kit amnesty in preparation for free summer camps for underprivileged children planned for next year.
Dan Hall, who runs DJH Sports Coaching Ltd, is appealing for people to donate their unused sports clothing and equipment ahead of two week-long sessions to be held in the county in 2014. Sponsorship for the workshops is also being sought.
The 33-year-old said: “Sport costs money and for some families forking out £50 or £100 for their child to take part in a soccer school or tennis classes is too much, then there’s the cost of the kit to consider as well.
“However, I believe sport is a force for good and nobody should be prevented from taking part because of money. Sport can offer so much especially to children, from learning about teamwork and winning and losing to discipline and fitness.
“That’s why I have launched this appeal, so by the next summer holidays I will be able to offer two weeks of free sport camps with each participant also getting free kit.”
The qualified coach launched his business in 2009 and mainly works for schools in Northamptonshire, including Hawthorn Primary School in Kettering. The keen sportsman plays for Rushden & Higham RFC.
Mr Hall, from Market Harborough, added: “If you have got any football shirts, shorts or boots or tracksuits or trainers or any sports-related kit, then get in touch. Your unused kit could put a smile on the face of a youngster.”
Dates for the sports camps will be announced closer to the 2014 summer holidays.
To donate items or enquire about sponsorship, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07855 774197.