Premier League players to fund new kit scheme

Some good news for grassroots football at the launch of the new Premier League season today with the announcement of a new scheme to benefit budding young footballers.

The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme will provide £500,000 worth of kit and equipment for children in England and Wales, funded by players of all 20 Barclays Premier League clubs.

The fund will benefit Under 16s clubs, schools and youth organisations, particularly those from areas in most need of assistance.

A joint initiative between the Premier League and the Professional Footballers’ Association – who will manage and administer the running of the scheme – the scheme will be funded by a £25,000 donation from each Premier League squad.

Chelsea captain John Terry said: “As someone who benefited from grassroots football I know how important it is to have the right kit and equipment. Not all kids can have access to that, especially those from deprived areas, but hopefully the Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme can help.

“It’s fantastic that all the players in the League are clubbing together for this. Hopefully a little of that Premier League magic will rub off on those pulling on the shirts and we’ll see a few of them pulling on a real Premier League jersey in the not-too-distant future, but the biggest thing is having the opportunity to get out and have fun playing football.”

PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor said: “Our members do much more than entertain fans on the pitch and I’m proud of the fact that players donate so much to charitable causes. This is a new initiative for our players to be involved in but it is one I hope will encourage more tens of thousands of young people to participate and enjoy football.”

How will the scheme work?

The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme will provide successful groups with a free Nike team strip. Any club, school or youth organistation can apply.

There are a limited number of strips available, so the scheme will operate a competitive application process. Bodies applying for the kit will only be eligible to receive one team strip, irrespective of the number of teams they operate.

Team strips will only be awarded to those who fulfil all of the criteria and priority will be given to those that come from areas that are deemed to be in most need of assistance.

To be eligible for funding, groups must also:

• Be within the qualifying age group: Under 7 to Under 16
• Have a minimum of ten registered members
• Be affiliated to an English league
• Have a Safeguarding Children policy
• Hold appropriate Public Liability Insurance.

To apply for the Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme, please click here.

Kits will be available to successful applicants from October onwards.

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15 Comments

  1. Ben Jackson on August 11, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    THIS IS AWESOME!!

  2. John Jones on August 12, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    How can this help clubs at grass roots level in Wales, when it is only open to clubs affiliated to English League’s.

  3. Jonny Summers on August 14, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    I can’t understand the need for an “ethnicity” question; surely junior football is junior football, why bring this into it at all???

  4. MSB03 on August 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    call me cynical but the money will go to inner city football teams with the correct mix of ethnic & poor people. What about the rural areas miles away from any premiership clubs who face the same problems running junior teams

  5. mick turner on August 29, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    £500,000 yes it’s great, so which one of them is giving up a months wage. Most teams get sponsored for their strips by local sponsors, to show off their companies logo in the local press, could the money not be used for equipment that sponsors wont pay for because it wont carry their name, like balls, paying refs, hiring pitches.

    I still think giving money for someone earning millions is easy, like a parent giving money instead of love, the young people would really appreciate their ”heroes” spending time with them.

  6. Bob Urbanowski on August 31, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Nice idea. Pretty sure they could spare more money than that though….

  7. Paul Mady on September 22, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I was half way thro (Epsom & Ewell Colts) when it asked for upload Insurane. I saved to get this, the page dropped off and I have no idea how to get back to where I was – help please

    Pual

  8. Club Website on September 23, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Hi Paul

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  9. John on October 13, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Any idea how and when we find out if successful?

  10. brian wilkinson on January 21, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    We have just got our kit and it is really nice . Our school team look very smart and the lads are made up . We got Jim Gannon Stockport County to come down and present it. Thank you to the lads who contributed .

  11. Paula on February 2, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Kit is great – though it took months to come through due to technical errors – then we have been sent mens kits instead of boys that we ordered. Im sure this will all get better next time!!! We are really pleased!!!

  12. Peter Kirby on March 21, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Does anyone know when this scheme will open again?

  13. Paul on March 17, 2013 at 4:26 am

    Yep I would also like to know when the scheme opens again !!

  14. Ian Spence on November 12, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Does the Premier League kit for kids scheme still run and how do i get involved.

    Many thanks

    Ian Spence

  15. Royal prince on November 12, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Fantastic

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