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WILTSHIRE Council will be supporting BBC's 'Kit Out the Nation', a month long Make a Difference campaign running from Saturday 4th September to 2nd October.

kit nation calne newsThe campaign is aimed at taking in and distributing unwanted, good condition sports kit and getting it to children and teenagers who need it. 

We've long known of the issue around access to sport and exercise because of the affordability of kit. The situation has been compounded by the pandemic and this is our chance to help to improve that situation.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee published a report on 29th July 2021 where they said data from Sport England showing 100,000 fewer children met the recommended level of activity in 2020 than in 2019 was "of significant concern"

They called for

• a sporting equivalent of the "Eat Out to Help Out" campaign, entitled "Work Out to Help Out", to incentivise volunteers and participants to get involved, participate in organised sport and support the sporting infrastructure, both in England and across the UK
• before the end of this year, the government should initiate a nationwide communications campaign, similar to that of the "five a day" campaign, to emphasise the importance of children and young people engaging in at least 60 minutes of moderate activity every day
• the government work with Sport England, UK Sport and the National Lottery to review and revise the current funding models to enable sports organisations to accumulate greater reserves and, as a result, have more of a cushion to support themselves with should another situation like the COVID pandemic occur
• the government should set out the ways in which it intends to encourage schools across the country to make their facilities more available to community and grassroots sports clubs at a fair rate

There are other benefits – it's recycling on a grand scale. Good condition equipment that would otherwise go to landfill getting an extended life, it benefits the environment.

Wiltshire Council say they are delighted to be supporting Kit out the Nation - if you have good condition sports kit that you don't need, don't want anymore or is simply lying around unused, you could make a real difference to a young person's ability to access sport by donating this.

Donations can be made directly to any one of the 10 leisure centres managed by Wiltshire Council including Calne Community Campus.