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11 Oct

YCF calls on clubs to donate, reuse and recycle cricket kit

Yorkshire Cricket Foundation (YCF) and Zero Waste Leeds, who run the Together for Sport initiative, are calling for Yorkshire cricket clubs across the region to embrace a new cricket kit recycling scheme to help support accessibility in the game.

The call to action follows a successful star studded ‘Cric-Kit’ launch by the two organisations in Leeds, last month.

More than 350 people from the local community attended the special event, where they were able to select cricket kit for free from an extensive ‘walk-in-wardrobe’ set up at the Bilal Sports Centre, in Harehills, on Friday, 23 September.

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The Cric-Kit launch – one of the first events in the city to create awareness around recycling sports kit and supported by Junior Sports Hub – distributed roughly 1,100 pieces of cricket equipment and garments, donated from across Yorkshire Cricket, which would have cost around £18,700 if bought new, according to Together for Sport research.

Within Participation our job is to try to break down barriers and one of the biggest barriers we know in cricket is in fact the equipment – Kendal James, Participation Manager for YCF

Kendal James, Participation Manager for YCF, and founder of the initiative, said: “As part of the Yorkshire Cricket Foundation within Participation our job is to try to break down barriers and one of the biggest barriers we know in cricket is in fact the equipment.

“And added on top of this – given the current climate with inflation and how expensive things are we wanted to rally round and find as many opportunities to show case that we can reuse, recycle and donate kit to those that need it to be able to access cricket further.”

PHOTOS: Cric-Kit launch 2022

The Cric-Kit scheme aims to create awareness and a culture across Yorkshire and the UK where donating, recycling and reusing sports clothing becomes common place to help break down barriers in communities to participation.

Cricket kit can cost hundreds of pounds a year and as the cost-of-living crisis continues to bite, the option of getting some (or all) of a cricket kit for free means that money can be spent elsewhere for families.

Pictured, Northern Diamond cricketer Steere Kalis helping out at the Cric-Kit launch.

Maimuna Joborteh, 46, from Harehills, who attended the community event and selected items for her five-year-old son Yakub, said: “I was working before, now I’m not working , so things are really hard for me.

“It’s very difficult paying for things like electricity, gas, and other bills. It is not easy for us, and many others, at the moment.

“When I heard about the event I was so happy and pleased to come along and collect some items for my son.”

Zainab Mahmood, 24, a cricket coach from Beeston, added: “The cost of cricket equipment can be a major barrier stopping people getting involved in cricket – it’s brilliant to see something like this launching.

“Hopefully more cricket clubs and sports clubs in general will be inspired and get involved with Cric-Kit!”

PHOTOS: Cric-Kit launch 2022

Helping out at the launch event in the community was Northern Diamond superstars Beth Langston and Steere Kalis, alongside 50 Yorkshire Cricket College students – as part of the Foundation’s National Citizen Service (NCS) and ‘Changemakers’ programmes.

Often in sport a lot of kit that teams get through can often go to waste – so I think that it’s really important to redistribute kit to those people that need it – Beth Langston, Northern Diamonds cricketer

Langston said: “It’s a really good initiative – getting people from the local community down, maybe some that haven’t been involved in cricket before if the cost of the sport has been a barrier before.

“Especially nowadays with the cost of living crisis – that might put people off if they’ve not got much disposable income – but here was the opportunity to come down, grab some kit for free and then hopefully that will get more people involved in playing cricket or some other sports.

“Often in sport a lot of kit that teams get through can often go to waste – so I think that it’s really important to redistribute kit to those people that need it.

“Getting young people and adults involved in sport is really important for their health, their mental health and sport offers so much more including creating a community.”

The Cric-Kit scheme also looks to have a major impact on helping the environment as high plastic content – often found in cricket equipment and garments is bad for the environment when they get thrown out.

According to Together for Sport calculations, the launch saved 10,406 kg of CO2 emissions – the equivalent to driving halfway round the world – and almost half a tonne (484 kg) of potential textile waste was saved from ending up in a landfill.

While by cutting down the demand for new items and using an existing resource the community event saved 60,984 litres of water – with the resource used to make plastic based fibres, and 528kg of oil was saved – with oil used in the production of synthetic garments.

Pictured, the financial and environmental impact the Cric-Kit launch had.

The Cric-Kit initiative is supported by Zero Waste Leeds – the people behind Leeds School Uniform Exchange, an initiative that is making it easier for people across Leeds to share and access good quality second hand school uniform.

Following the success of the Leeds School Uniform Exchange – which this summer alone, saw more than 10,000 items of school uniform given out to more than 1,000 families at 37 pop up shops across Leeds, saving Leeds families an estimated £170,000 – Zero Waste Leeds is now piloting a similar model for sports kit and equipment called Together for Sport with sports organisations to replicate a similar model for sports clothing.

Gill Coupland, Co-director of Zero Waste Leeds, said: “This was a collaborative event with Yorkshire Cricket Foundation and it’s about sharing the resource of cricket kit and equipment and passing it on so that people can take part in this amazing game.

“We recognise the cost of kit is a barrier and if cricket – and sport in general – is going to be more sustainable and more inclusive it needs to break those barriers down by sharing kit.

“By sharing sports kit, we are saving money, we are saving waste, and we’re having a positive carbon impact because we are using an existing resource and cutting down the demand for new.

“A lot of sport kit is made out of synthetic material, which in turn is made from natural resources, including crude oil and water. By sharing what we already have we are cutting down on the overwhelming worldwide demand for those resources.

“Loads of us have sport kit in the back of cupboards and draws and in garages – we’d like to create a city-wide network to enable that to be shared so that everybody can take part.”

Pictured, Kendal James, the Participation Manager for YCF and the founder of Cric-Kit.

Following the successful launch, a new ‘Cric-Kit’ hub will be launched at Headingley Stadium – where spare cricket kit can be donated and will be recycled and reused across a number of community programmes run by YCF, in Leeds.

PHOTOS: Cric-Kit launch 2022

The Foundation is also calling for cricket clubs across Yorkshire to help reduce waste, save money and breakdown barriers by joining the Cric-Kit scheme with the award-winning charity aiming to select a handful of proactive clubs across the region who have expressed an interest in becoming a ‘Cric-Kit Hub’ early next year.

Kendal said: “We’ve launched Cric-Kit in the local community – we’ve used Yorkshire Cricket resource to showcase how it can be done and what we’d like to do – is we’d like to create awareness and a culture for cricket clubs across Yorkshire to do the same.

“We are asking cricket clubs to be a flagship for Cric-Kit and encourage members of the club to donate any unused recycled kit, and also create awareness locally that if people have any unused kit, they are welcoming donations that future members who join the club can access if they need to.”

Get involved in Cric-Kit

If you would like to be involved in Cric-Kit, please contact Kendal James, Participation Manager for YCF, on:


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