Well, we might have been a bit late out of the stalls for our first kit giveaway of 2014, but I think we’ve made up for it with the response that we’ve had to our new competition. Six winners announced for February and scores more to come over the coming months.
This year we’ve got a bit of a Commonwealth Games theme going on because iomart, the UK cloud computing company behind Host Your Kit, is headquartered in Glasgow where the 2014 Games are being held. Rugby union and hockey are two of the sports being showcased at Glasgow 2014 so we’re delighted to be able to shoulder the cost of kits for youth teams who play both sports. Along with our regular football and basketball kit giveaways, we’re hoping 2014 proves to be another great year for all of us involved with the campaign.
In our launch week we had almost 200 entries from teams all over England, Scotland and Wales – mind you most of them seemed to come from Croftfoot United U14s after their coach mobilised all his players’ parents to send in individual entries! Well done to them though, we hope the lads look fantastic in their new adidas kit.
Our other football winners were Nottingham Forest Ladies U16s and Dudley Town Youth U15s. Notts Forest, they’re a successful Championship club I hear you say! Well the league club might be hoping for promotion this season but unfortunately they don’t help out the ladies sides so that’s why we’ve picked their entry as a winner. Dudley Town FC needs a new kit so they can enter a second U15s side in their local league. Best of luck boys, keep us posted on how you get on!
Our very first winners of a rugby kit are Oban Lorne U15 girls. Murray, their coach, told us how he takes over 40 girls training every week at the local high school. Based in one of the most westerly towns on the Scottish mainland the girls have to travel huge distances to play matches and have to borrow their kit. So we’re delighted to be rewarding them with a brand new Gilbert strip of their very own.
Our first award of a Grays hockey kit goes to Kelburne U16 boys. Kelburne is a hugely successful community club which has produced a number of international players. It gives children who normally would not ever get the chance to play hockey the chance to learn and play the sport to a really high standard. Well done to them and we look forward to seeing some of their former players in action on the astro pitches of Glasgow Green during the Commonwealth Games.
Finally for now, our first Spalding basketball kit of the year will soon be on its way to Copley U12s. The team is part of the biggest community basketball club in the Tameside area of Greater Manchester. So many children have been able to choose a different path in life as a result of their involvement with the club so we hope a new kit will help boost that feeling of being part of something really special.
Thanks to the sporting organisations who have become our official supporter this season. GreaterSport is the Greater Manchester charity which aims to change lives through sport. As their Chief Executive (Designate) Yvonne Harrison, says, “Having a kit helps young people to feel part of a team, but the cost can be a real barrier, so the opportunity for clubs in Greater Manchester to receive much needed support and the potential to provide a kit to junior teams is something we know will be welcomed.”
Welcome also to Youth Football Scotland, a social enterprise which provides a one-stop-shop for football clubs.
And a big hand and welcome back to basketballscotland who first came on board last year. As their CEO Kevin Pringle, says, “Host Your Kit is a fantastic initiative which has already benefitted many Scottish cubs so we hope as many teams as possible enter it this year.” We couldn’t agree more!
Thanks to our retail partners Gilmour Sports and Greaves Sports, it’s through their great relationships with the kit brands that we are able to give away the top quality kits we do.
So, all that’s left for me to say is, if you feel your team deserves a new kit then make sure you get in touch. Host Your Kit is now all year round so it doesn’t matter when you enter. Go for it and good luck!