School and district football teams in England and Wales can now apply for a new kit as the Premier League Players' Kit Scheme re-opens for 2015.
Now in its fourth year, the scheme sees players from each of the 20 Premier League clubs donate full team kits to schools across the country. Any state school, college and district teams can apply online, provided they have not done so already in the last two years.
Unfortunately for grassroots clubs up and down the country, the scheme is no longer open to football clubs with youth teams, after the Premier League changed the structure of the scheme last year.
Southampton and England right-back Nathaniel Clyne returned to his old primary school - Allen Edward Primary School in Stockwell - to launch this year’s scheme. He was joined by England women’s international Fran Kirby to distribute a free full football team kit to Year 5 and 6 pupils at the school.
Clyne, who took part in a sports session and Q&A with the pupils also spoke about his journey from playing football in the playground to taking part in matches on the world stage, saying:
“The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme is a great initiative and I’m proud to be able to revisit my primary school as a top-flight player and give something back to those who helped support and encourage my progression as both a student and as a football player. I hope the donation of these football kits will help inspire children nationwide to play sport, get active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
To date the Premier League, alongside its official partner, Nike, have provided 48,825 individual kits to junior teams both via the online national application system and through individual player nominations.
Simon Morgan, Head of Community Development at the Premier League, said: “Over 3,000 schools and district teams have already benefited from this scheme thanks to donations from Premier League players. I hope that the attraction of having the Premier League badge on their shirts will encourage more schools to sign up, which in turn will help encourage their participation in football.”
To apply for a kit visit premierleague.com/playerskitscheme. Deadline for applications is Friday 24 April 2015. Terms and conditions apply.