Yorkshire Carnegie’s Community Team are delighted to announce the launch of Recycle Possession, a new county wide kit donation programme which aims to remove a barrier for people wanting to play rugby union.
Recycle Possession will run throughout the season. The aim being that people can donate pre-loved kit which will then be distributed to those who are unable to access suitable clothing which allows them to participate in rugby.
Through our work across the county, we have found one consistent barrier to participation, both in schools and clubs, is the lack of appropriate kit and equipment particularly in the winter months. Recycle Possession hopes to be the solution to this problem.
One programme we hope will benefit from this is the award winning Project Rugby programme which we deliver across the county. Developed by Premiership Rugby in conjunction with the RFU and delivered by 14 professional clubs, this community participation initiative is designed to increase participation in the game by people from traditionally underrepresented groups: Black Asian & Minority Ethnic people, people from Lower Socio-Economic backgrounds and disabled people.
Community Programme Manager, Kristian Sharples highlighted how important this programme could be in creating playing opportunities, “It’s not just the physical aspect of giving participants appropriate kit which means they can then safely take part in rugby. It can have a really profound impact on young peoples’ confidence and self-esteem to have some boots or a shirt that they can keep and make their own.
I am really excited about this project. Rugby should be accessible to all and we hope that the wider community will get behind it and support our aim to reduce the barriers to participation.”
The Yorkshire Carnegie Championship Squad members have already been recycling some items of their own, including Sam Allan who has also worked closely with the Community Team on Project Rugby over the last couple of years. “This is a fantastic programme and having coached on Project Rugby, I can really see how it will benefit people. It is great to be able to give something back to the wider community game in this way.”
Recycle Possession will run throughout the 2018/19 season with several ways for individuals and groups to donate. All clean shirts, boots, shorts and further rugby equipment are most welcome.
There will be drop off locations at several of our Affiliated Clubs and Schools. There will also be opportunities to donate at all community events including Summer Camps, matchdays and festivals. The team will also be available to come and collect donations from clubs.
For information on Recycle Possession or to arrange a donation visit please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.