- 28,500 items of kit sent all across the World in 2011 (at no expense to KitAid) 815 footballs, sets of goalposts, 1,000+ Match Attax cards
- also delivered 168,000 items of kit sent out since we started in 1998
- Interviewed on BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Leicester for separate appeals featured in many different newspapers up and down the country and also some international media
- We sponsored the brilliant Ballysillan YFC Football Camp in Belfast again
- We were chosen as the charity partner for the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League season 2011/12
- Partnered with Taylor Wimpey who collected kit for us at new developments all across the UK
- We partnered with Liverpool FC, Liverpool Echo and BBC Radio Merseyside to collect Torres and old LFC kit
- We set up a new Ambassador Club scheme with Chesham Utd, FC United, Stenhousemuir and Witton Albion We have received continued support from PUMA UK as well as other manufacturers (Great Branding Co, Mundo Football, Tempest Sports, DPM Sports and Kitlocker)
- We have created a volunteer partnership with University of Herts
- We would like to thank our Patron, Graham Taylor OBE, and all of the clubs across the UK who have donated kit
Tuesday, 20 December 2011
Saturday, 10 December 2011
Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Saturday, 3 December 2011
Friday, 25 November 2011
Well done and thanks for your enthusiasm!
Monday, 21 November 2011
Saturday, 19 November 2011
Mundo Football is proud to announce that they are now a drop off point for KitAid in their Arndale Centre store. Mundo specialise in football inspired clothing and retro football shirts from years gone by and as well as having a store in Manchester, you can find Mundo Products in Manchester's House of Fraser store and online at www.mundofootball.com
Thanks to Paul Codd (left) and Jack Carpenter.
Thursday, 17 November 2011
Thanks to all at Marine FC and the EvoStik Northern Premier League for your support of KitAid. Really appreciate it and your help will really make a difference to some of the poorest people in the world who really have so little but love football just as much as we do.
Tuesday, 8 November 2011
We donated 17 football strips to the RSVP charity, Rwanda. They were presented to Mihaburu School in time for an inter-schools match.
"A big thank you to you from all the children on behalf of RSVP"- Jean Main
And KitAid's thanks go to Hemel Aces YFC who have supplied a lot of the kit and especially to Kenny Lawrence who has been really helpful to KitAid. He lent us the van and drove Derrick Williams up to Manchester recently for the FC United collection.
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Friday, 28 October 2011
The Somali National Olympic Committee has just distributed kit to children displaced by drought.
Working with the Qatar charity and KitAid, the Committee organized a programme at the Qatar village IDP camp near stadium Mogadishu. Over the weekend hundreds of young boys received football kit and took part in football matches organized by the Somali NOC and Qatar charity.
Madino Nur Madey, a mother of five children who travelled more than two hundred kilometers to reach Mogadishu in search of something to eat said that she is happy. She forgot all hardships she experienced after she witnessed her two sons performing well during a football match for children at the Qatar Village camp.
“I have never dreamt like this experience. My two sons have played well and one of them was awarded with a beautiful medal for being the best player in the competition. This will be something to talk a lot in the future," the cheerful mother told a gathering.
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Monday, 10 October 2011
We're delighted to announce Bristol City FC as one of our growing list of supporters as they launched our new partnership today.
The club will be encouraging fans to donate their old kits by offering an added incentive to fans. For every old
Bristol City FC’s Commercial Director, Kevin Smith
Saturday, 8 October 2011
"I am just writing a quick note to say thanks again for the kit you gave us to take out to India. It was incredibly well received and the kids absolutely loved it. We also had some left over and used it for starting up a project in Kampala.
Thanks again for everything - you really made a lot of kids extremely happy with your donation to us!"
Paul Harbinson, Onside Soccer
Welcome to Mike Day, our new Regional Coordinator in Kent.
Monday, 3 October 2011
Peter Moulds, one of our Regional Coordinators, has organised another kit collection day at the FC United of Manchester match against Marine on Saturday 8 October 2011. The game is at Stalybridge and we'd love to see any of our supporters or welcome new supporters of KitAid at the match.
Saturday, 1 October 2011
Thanks very much for your help this morning.
Another good session and altogether 72 boxes left the building which means that we have now sent out a total of 618 boxes so far in 2011. This time we also had deliveries to Colombia and Lesotho for the first time.
We finished in record time again, we definitely missed Sean's megamix as at times it was eerily quiet! We'll never moan about his ecelctic taste again!
See you next time.
Friday, 30 September 2011
We've just had great news that that the Norfolk FA will be supporting us with all of their surplus kit. We have a problem though as our couriers don't do many jobs in Norfolk so they are currently unable to collect the first donation.
If anyone is able to help by transporting kit from Norwich to Hatfield then we'd love to hear from you at KitAid@veoliawater.co.uk
We have a strong connection with the annual Ricky Road Run, now in its 28th year. The event was founded back in 1984 by our Founder, Derrick Williams to raise much needed funds for WaterAid and nominated local charities. This year the event takes place on Sunday 30 October and for the first time the event organisers have pledged some of the money raised to KitAid.
If you know any runners or fancy helping out on the morning as a marshal, do let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org It's a 9 mile run, a really friendly event and a scenic route through the Chilterns. For more information seewww.rickyroadrun.co.uk
Monday, 26 September 2011
We were pleased to be able to give a presentation at the ASDAN/Football League/Watford FC Launch. This is a really interesting project set up between the three groups, providing a vocational training programme which uses football to engage kids and to teach them all kinds of different skills.
There was a mixture of clubs, schools and educational bodies in attendance and it was a good opportunity for us to reach a new audience. Derrick was extremely excited to speak in the 'Sir Elton John suite'!
Sunday, 18 September 2011
The Alive & Kicking Orphanage World Cup gave over 800 orphans and vulnerable children in the city of Lusaka access to organised football and netball competitions and at the same time provideD life skills training and HIV/AIDS sensitisation. A series of mini leagues were held over a six month period and were followed by a World Cup style tournament running over two weeks and culminating in a thrilling final.
A total of 450 footballs and netballs have been donated, along with football kits. Over 600 children have received HIV/AIDS awareness information, and over 100 coaches and teachers have received training on how to disseminate HIV/AIDS awareness through sport. In a city where there are limited opportunities for the most vulnerable children to take part in organised sport, this project has been received with gratitude and smiles by children and their teachers and coaches alike.
Thanks to Ben Sadler, Project Officer at TackeAfrica and the team.
Thanks to Ben Sadler, Project Officer at TackeAfrica and the team.
Saturday, 17 September 2011
I just had this picture in from Kenya, western province area of Bungoma, where they are putting teams together to enable them to play local district, and then inter-province tournaments.
Friday, 26 August 2011
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Thursday, 18 August 2011
FC United of Manchester has become an KitAid's second Ambassador Club.
KitAid has been working with FC United for six years and it was a natural step for the club to become a fully signed up support of the charity.
Derrick Williams KitAid's Founder said: “I have been thinking of setting this scheme up for a while now as it is a good way to recognise the support we receive from many clubs all across the UK.
“I did think of approaching individual footballers to become ambassadors, in the same way that people like Madonna or Robbie Williams are ambassadors for the very big charities, but I thought it was better to link with individual clubs and it is a novel idea.
“Clubs like FC United of Manchester have been fantastic in the support they have given us over the years and this is a nice way of keeping the partnership working.”
Lindsey Howard, secretary of FC United, said: “We are very pleased to have been invited to join the Ambassador Club scheme and as a community based club it fits in really well with the way we work.
“We have supported KitAid for some time now through various activities such as kit collections, match ball sponsorship and the sponsorship of former keeper Sam Ashton’s kit. We know that our supporters are behind the project as well, as they have donated a lot of shirts at the collection days we have held. I am sure the idea will catch on with a lot of different clubs all across the country.”
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Thanks very much to all of the helpers who boxed up kit in Hatfield today - it was great to see some new faces.
This time last week we only had five helpers so it was great that you all came to the rescue and it turned out to be a really busy session.
I was loading the van so I lost track of the final total boxed up, but it must have been close to 80.
Altogether 43 boxes left to go to Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe and this has increased the total we have sent so far this year to 524 boxes (18,300 items of kit).
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
Following last year's successful support of KitAid, Taylor Wimpey Homes are backing us for a second season. Last year their trialed collections in three of their regions and this year their collecting kit at 200 of their new developments up and down the country.
We really appreciate their support.
Monday, 1 August 2011
Peter Moulds has kindly arranged another kit collection at a match, which is scheduled for their game against Marine on Saturday 8 October 2011. We will be driving up on the day in a transit van, which we will hopefully fill and then drive back again that evening. This time the game is not at Gigg Lane, Bury, but at Stalybridge, which apparently is a scenic ground. I love the atmosphere at FC United games and now with our partnership with the Evo-Stik league, it should receive more publicity.
Come along to the match and support KitAid at the same time.
Monday, 25 July 2011
Thanks to Claire Whalley for setting up the stand at Watford FC. We had a prime position next to the retail tent and to where the players were signing autographs. In total we received eight bin bags of donated shirts and spoke to a lot of people who either want to make a donation or wanted to know what we were about.
We received a lot of plugs over the tannoy and our thanks go out to WFC for their continued support.
Our Regional Coordinator, Janet Neville and Derrick (KitAid Founder) visited the Football Camp in Ballysillan, Belfast that KitAid has formed a strong link with over the last few years.
"Another amazing visit and even though this is my third consecutive trip, once again I left with a feeling of awe and admiration for the brilliant work Pete and his team do. Football Camp really does mean so much to the kids and to all of the volunteers (about 30 in total) who help out all through the week", said Derrick.
"I also met an amazing guy from a charity we gave kit to last year - Kids Alive. Alistair is a teacher at Carrickfergus High School and they recently collected a load of shirts for us. We split them between Kids Alive and Mission Africa, another Belfast based charity who will take them out to Nigeria."
KitAid would like to say a huge thank you to Janet's in-laws who donated money from their Ruby Wedding Party and wish Pete and the team every success in raise the £300k to get moving on their new building.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Monday, 18 July 2011
Friday, 15 July 2011
Tuesday, 12 July 2011
The Evo-Stik League Premier Division side have donated ten sets of mini goals and have become the first team to kick off the new charity partnership.
KitAid director Derrick Williams was delighted by the donation, and said: "The goals will be sent out to a brilliant project in the Gambia and will be made to last for years to come.
"We often receive photos of goals that are made up of branches and old sacks as the nets, so you can imagine how pleased the teams will be to have real goals.
"Thanks to Steve Tather from the club for backing the appeal and we hope this is the first of many donations in the coming season."
Saturday, 9 July 2011
Another great boxing up session today and thanks for your help.
This one will go down in the history books as the "League of Nations" session as we had visitors from Uganda, Kenya, Somalia, South Africa and I even got to speak to Mo Farah as we were loading the Somalian guys van!
It was nice to see David Ingham, the new Regional Co-ordinator from Lancaster who came down specially and also the Fidler family (Jason, Nicole, Chris and Clare). It was Chris who cycled from Somerset to Kings Langley a few months ago and raised an amazing £5k for KitAid.
Altogether 88 boxes left today and we are now up to 465 boxes for the year, that's 16,275 items of kit so far in 2011 and 156,275 since 1998.
Thanks again everyone, you will have made 3,000 people very happy in South Africa, Rwanda, Gambia, Somalia,Kenya and Zambia.
Best wishes, Derrick
Thursday, 7 July 2011
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Saturday, 25 June 2011
Friday, 24 June 2011
Thursday, 23 June 2011
BIG UP for Derrick Williams, KitAid's founder, who was presented with the Herts FA Workforce Award last week by Peter Shilton at their season awards dinner.
Derrick said: "I'm extremely proud to receive this on behalf of KitAid and thank all of our helpers, supporters, donors and partners who all do a fantastic job."
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
A team of airmen from RAF Shawbury completed an epic visit to Kenya. Pictured in Africa's largest slum, Kibera, in Nairobi the appeal is run by Sqn Ldr Neil Hope and has to date delivered over 41,500 items, including over 17,500 football shirts to 34 countries worldwide, with by far the most ending up in Kenya. Well done guys, keep up the good work!
Monday, 6 June 2011
Sunday, 5 June 2011
Monday, 30 May 2011
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Saturday, 14 May 2011
Thursday, 5 May 2011
"Thanks so much for the kits, they were really well received in Sierra Leone at the school we went to and we managed to give every pupil a kit. As you can see the kits from Guildford Town Youth, Hemel Town Youth and lots of individual kits were well received. It was a tough and challenging trip in many ways but seeing the kids faces in these kits was great." - Darren White
Wednesday, 4 May 2011
We were delighted to receive an email from Festo Chengula, Executive Chairman of Kigamboni Community Centre (KCC) in Tanzania. The community centre had received a donation of kit from us via our charity partner, Read International.
They got creative and put their balancing skills to the test and have sent us a brand new logo - we love it!
Thanks to KCC www.kccdar.com
Friday, 15 April 2011
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Our Regional Coordinators, Janet Neville and Vin O'Brien have worked wonders getting Liverpool FC, the Liverpool Echo, BBC Radio Merseyside and Supersub, David Fairclough involved in a kit appeal.
We are waiting to hear exactly when it will be aired but we know it will be used on both their drivetime and breakfast shows and in a sports programme in very early May, to coincide with the article which will appear in the Liverpool v Newcastle programme.
It is with huge sadness that we heard that David Fairclough's wife had passed away suddenly last week.
KitAid sends our condolences to David, his family and friends at this terrible time.
Tuesday, 12 April 2011
On behalf of the KitAid Trustees a big thank you for all those volunteers who helped at tonight’s boxing up session. This is the first time we’ve tried an after-work boxing-up and it’s certainly been a success. Twenty boxes are now ready for dispatch. That’s a massive achievement especially with so many new faces learning the ropes. It’ll really take the pressure of the next Saturday session.
We hope you all found it rewarding and do remember that your efforts today will result in some very big smiles when those boxes are opened in far flung and less affluent parts of the world.
Thanks once again and hope to see you in the future – maybe at another evening session or possibly on a Saturday!
Saturday, 26 March 2011
We would like to thank Chris Fidler who will be raising sponsorship for us by cycling all the way from Somerset to Kings Langley in Hertfordshire on 14 April. Chris is raising funds in memory of his nephew, Charlie Fidler, and KitAid is proud to be associated with this event. We will post some photos of the trip as soon as we receive them and if you would like to sponsor Chris please do so via the link to his Virgin Money Giving site.
Thursday, 24 March 2011
Our thanks to Hemel Hempstead Town Youth Football Club for their fantastic donation of kit. We look forward to working with you in the future and are very grateful for your interest and support. Some of the kit donated has already left for Sierra Leone.
Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Saturday, 12 February 2011
Another record boxing up session, 62 boxes packed in 2 hours and the kits are on their way to
Thanks also to Paul and Sean H for hanging on for the School Aid van to arrive and for loading in the 52 boxes.
We are soon to receive all of the Torres merchandise from Liverpool FC.
Friday, 4 February 2011
After years of supporting KitAid, Chesham United FC has become the charity's first Ambassador Club Supporter.
Alan Calder, chairman of Chesham United, said: “We are very pleased to have been invited to launch the Ambassador Club scheme and as a community based club it fits in really well with the way we work.
“We have supported KitAid for some time now and love to see the pictures of our old kit being used in countries like Zambia and Bulgaria. We know that our supporters are behind the project as well, as they have donated a lot of shirts at the collection days we have held.
“I am sure the idea will catch on with a lot of different clubs all across the country.”
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Saturday, 22 January 2011
We're off and running as 50+ boxes were packed today at our first boxing up session of the year and are already on their way to
We were pleased to welcome students from the University of Herts who made a big difference to the packing team. Thanks to all of those who turned up.