Play It Again Sport was the brainchild of Steffan Rees, a local karate instructor from Ynyshir, Rhondda. He realized that many children were not coming to his karate lessons because their parents simply could not afford the equipment for them to join in. He also knew that many people had unwanted, or no longer used sports clothing and equipment simply sitting in their wardrobes at home gathering dust.
His idea was to bring the two together. Take donations of old sportswear and sell it at a fraction of the original cost to those who needed it. And so Play it Again Sport was born.
Four years later we have collection bins across RCT – in all leisure centres, in Cardiff at Sport Wales, and DW Sport gym, and in Cwmbran & Pontypool leisure centres in conjunction with Torfaen Leisure Trust – find a full list of our donation sites here.
We work in conjunction with Too Good To Waste where we sell the donated products. Too Good To Waste is a re-use shop which sells a variety of items – from bric-a-brac, to store clearance stock to white goods. It is with these white goods that our relationship becomes symbiotic – all washing machines need to be tested before re-sale, and all our donated clothing needs to be washed – so washing machines are tested and clothing cleaned at the same time, reducing water and electricity usage.
With the money raised from sales, Play It Again Sport funds and supports local groups providing sporting activities for local people. More details of the projects we have worked with can be found on our blog page.
We also offer a referral scheme, where schools, social workers and sports coaches can request clothing and equipment for an individual who would otherwise be unable to take part in sport – please contact us directly for further details, but please note it is subject to availability.
Play It Again Sport is a social enterprise and is currently supported by People & Work Charity
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