The first project for Kit Us Out was The London 2012 Paralympic Games. Since then, the organisation has worked in other big para-sport events, such as the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London.
We now have a signed partnership agreement with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Powerlifting Federation and have been working with National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and National Para athletics teams across the world in order to improve training and competition conditions for para athletes.
In August this year, we took the exciting new step which will now see us supporting youth sports projects in the UK and overseas, as well as supporting sports projects for marginalised groups and communities.
In September we kicked off this new chapter with two projects. Our first providing kit and equipment to children in the shanty towns in Buenos Aires, Argentina, through the organisation United Through Sport. Items donated included tops, shorts, footballs and rugby balls to children taking part in a sports project being run in these shanty towns. You can find out more about the fantastic work Untied Through Sport is doing in Argentina here.
Are second project in September saw us providing kit to young people being supported by Hive Camden. This is a fantastic London based project that works with people aged 16-24 years and gives them support with personal development, health and wellbeing, sexual health advice, employment and education and substance misuse advice. Their work is done through mentoring, goal-setting, providing a safe space to meet new people, hosting of free activities and workshops and linking up with other services on site. Everything to help create better job and career prospects and build confidence and professional skills. To get more of an insight into their great work just click here.
Sports can lay a great foundation as support for a healthier lifestyle, physically and mentally. It is a way to grow skills that can carry over into a work place – such as interaction with new people, communication and self- confidence.
Making sports available for those who cannot afford proper kit and gear is the core of the Kit Us Out mission. We began by wanting to help para- athletes from developing countries that were competing without access to proper means – sometimes even resulting in injury. Our mission first grew in size and now it has also grown in scope.
If you wish to support young, marginalised athletes and para-athletes in the UK and abroad through our mission, please read more about Kit Us Out on our website.