Jun 1 2011 By Jon Batham
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NEIL Dexter threw his weight behind a drive to donate unwanted sports kit to disadvantaged children in London this week.
The Middlesex skipper called on readers and the club’s supporters to donate any spare cricket or rugby equipment kicking around at home or in their schools to the next LV=sos Kit Aid Day at Lord’s on Sunday, June 19.
LV= SOS Kit Aid, in partnership with The Lord’s Taverners, provides children in the UK and overseas with recycled cricket and rugby kit.
And the day represents the next step in LV= SOS Kit Aid’s ambitious pledge to recycle an incredible 20,000kgs of sporting equipment by the end of the year.
Dexter said: “Access to sport is vital for kids everywhere, be it here in London or on the other side of the world. Too many young people around the world don’t enjoy the benefits of sport due to a lack of resources, particularly kit, which makes LV= SOS Kit Aid so important.
“It couldn’t be simpler – just give your unwanted kit to LV= SOS Kit Aid rather than taking it to the local rubbish tip and someone, somewhere will be able to play cricket or rugby for the first time.”
Donations coincide with the first day of Middlesex’s County Championship game with Kent and to encourage the collection of as much kit as possible Middlesex CCC are offering free entry for anyone donating a piece of kit.
The players of both sides will also add to the stash by putting in some of their own spares.
LV’s Communications Director David Smith emphasized the importance of such collect ions at the home of cricket.
He said: “Playing sport helps children learn vital life skills and yet many children are unable to participate in sports such as cricket and rugby as they do not have the right kit for it.
“By redistributing unwanted sports kit among children from disadvantaged communities we can help them access a wider range of sports that they might not have otherwise tried. The regional collection days are great for involving the local community and we look forward to our first London collection day at Lord’s.
Any rugby kit donated will be directed to the Hitz Rugby Initiative, which in partnership with the Metropolitan Police targets young people at risk of exclusion on inner city estates and aims to raise aspirations through teaching touch, tag and contact rugby.