Our Story

From volunteering at London 2012 Paralympic Games to supplying kit to thousands of participants

Where it all started

Kit Us Out began when Founder, Alex, volunteered at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and met a fellow volunteer, Dermot, at Kings Cross station. They had noticed that a number of the world-class athletes competing for developing nations had little or no kit to compete with. In fact, the athletes lack of quality kit gave them a multitude of issues when training and competing and in some cases even caused athletes injuries.

KIT US OUT IS BORN

Alex & Dermot's heartbreak grew as they watched athletes representing their country on the world stage being held back by the lack of sports kit. So they decided something had to be done. Alex began by buying a few items of kit where he could see there was a need and when the media began to talk about what he was doing, other athletes came forward and the idea began to grow. Kit Us Out was created a week later with the mission to empower as many athletes as possible to compete fairly, equipped with the kit they needed. And as they say, the rest is history. In this particular case, that meant a lot of late nights figuring out how to form a charity and starting email chains with National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) around the world.

LONDON 2012

The very first project Kit Us Out undertook was a significant one, none other than The London 2012 Paralympic Games here at home. Along with the amazing support of the London Games volunteers ‘Gamesmakers’ Kit Us Out provided competition-level kit to over 60 athletes from 16 nations.

GLASGOW 2014

After the London Games interest in what Kit Us Out was doing continued to expand and with a huge level of interest and offers of support from the public across the globe, Kit Us Out became a registered charity. The second sizeable project supported by Kit Us Out was the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

RIO 2016

After two significant international competitions supporting athletes from around the world, Kit Us Out then worked closely with the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Powerlifting Federation, National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and National Para Athletics Federation to provide over 2,500 items of kit to teams from 50 developing nations at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games

2019 Powerlifting world championship

Kit Us Out has a strong relationship with the world’s governing body, Para Powerlifting, they worked closely with them to highlight individuals competing from developing nations that had limited on no funding in place. The charity then bought powerlifting suits directly for the athletes and worked via Para Powerlifting to hand these over in time for competition. Over 40 athletes were supported directly in this way.

Expanding impact in 2019 / 2020

At the start of 2019 Kit Us Out made the decision to see if they could replicate some of their impact globally closer to home. They worked with a number of key organisations including London Sport and Team England to highlight areas where there were projects to support participation but funding was minimal. The charity quickly realised they could work with bodies on the ground in deprived areas that are running sports initiatives for young people. Their first pilot was in the summer of 2019 with the Friday Night Football project in Waltham Forest.

Pandemic 2020

During the Covid-19 outbreak, with all major sporting events either cancelled or delayed, Kit Us Out identified a different group of people in need of kit. In total over 1,000 items of kit were distributed to hospitals and other health and wellbeing teams across London to give front-line workers, who were unable to return home, a change of clothes during the crisis.

The future…

We’re always looking to expand our efforts and level the playing field for athletes wherever they compete. Our mission is to give kit to the people who are at a disadvantage because of it. If you need kit to help you on your athletic journey or you would like to help us on our mission then please get in touch.

Help us help more

Meet the Namibian Paralympic team

Thank you Kit Us Out for reaching out to our athletes. This will go a long way in the support of Paralympic Team Namibia, thank you so much.

Friday night football project participants

Having the kit makes us feel like we are playing for the club but it also feels like we are representing something bigger.

Meet PC Jason Hill

We started off with 6 young people and in a year we have 800 people registered, so it just shows if you give a young person a venue to go to which is safe, it just builds itself and the young people have built this themselves as well.

Who we give kit to

Kit should never be the barrier blocking opportunity

help us provide an opportunity