Premier League Kit Scheme re-opens for schools

Free kits available to English and Welsh school and district teams as 2016 application window opens

Premier League Players Kit Scheme - shirts

Schools and district teams in England and Wales can apply for a free kit as the Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme re-opens for 2016.

Funded by players at each of the 20 Premier League clubs, the scheme, which is now in its fifth season, has provided over 4,000 schools and junior clubs with a free kit for a squad of 15 players, with 63,765 individual kits being given away since the scheme launched in 2011.

Junior teams at grassroots clubs were originally eligible for the scheme, but it is now restricted to schools, higher education colleges and district representative teams.

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland recently handed out a kit at Newstead Primary School in Stoke, who applied to the scheme last season.

“The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme is a brilliant opportunity for us to give back to the local community by handing over some kits which can hopefully help get kids active,” said Butland.

“It’s nice to come to the school and see kids so passionate about getting out and playing football. They seem really pleased with the new kits. It’s a very simple thing but it gives a little bit of motivation, a little bit of encouragement to the guys to get involved.”

Simon Morgan, Head of Football Relations at the Premier League, said: “Over 4,250 schools and district teams have already benefited from the Premier League Players’ Kit 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 via the online application form, which in turn will help encourage their participation in football.”

The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme is open to any English or Welsh state, academy or free school, higher education college or district representative team that has not received a kit from the scheme in the previous two seasons. To apply please complete this online application form.

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11 Comments

  1. nicola north on March 8, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    would really help us for a group of boys, they have been together for 3 years running now and are doing really well for themselves. they have had a full season unbeaten and this season only lost 2 matches out of 12 so far. they are a top division team, who have progressed and come on so far .

  2. Dean muggleton on March 8, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    We run a team call sharlston welfare juniors

  3. Nicky lee on March 8, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Kexborough Chiefs Jfc have recently started a new u7s team and something like this would really give the kids a boost…please consider these young players it’s there 1st season as a team..thank you for reading this..yours sincerely nicky

  4. jason gibb on March 9, 2016 at 10:41 am

    my team are out growing their kit theyve had for 2 seasons now and a sponsor is very hard to come by. so please may we be considered for a new kit. many thanks Hamble utd.

  5. David bray on March 11, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    So no longer open to grassroots level who are the ones that need the help or am I reading this wrong

  6. David bray on March 11, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    It says academy level.schools.free schools or higher education.so thanks premier league this just shows you have no interest in grassroots level football

  7. Shaun wilshaw on March 13, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Why can’t grassroots teams be eligible for this?
    Money is hard to come by as most only charge a modest fee for subs etc. With rising pitch costs etc it’s getting difficult to raise enough funds for new kits as it is. Grass roots football in this country is a joke.we are miles behind other countries in terms at grassroots level

  8. Billy on March 17, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Absolute Joke grassroot teams left in the cold once again,most Schools don’t play anywhere near as many games as grassroot teams do,with league /pitch and training fees rising all the time,teams will end up folding due to it being so hard to get any funding,its was nice to see over the last few years that some grassroot teams where getting a free kit which helped teams alot,is this article we have all read a miss print and its should say schools are not getting them and grassroots is haha

  9. mick on March 18, 2016 at 8:03 am

    its about time some of the funding came down from premiership to grassroots football. how much of the big clubs been fined by the fa and how much of that money as come down. four years doing football have not seen one penny of money at all.so fair play with all people on here trying for a kit as much as myself. hope I get one but not banking on it .if I get one will leave a feed on here when I return

  10. Deano on April 5, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    If it want for grassroots teams, these premier league club wouldn’t have u6s to u11s, can’t really say iv ever heard anyone getting picked up from a school football game, every kid gets scouted from there local grassroots team, plus schools don’t really have football teams till end of primary school or beginning of secondary

  11. Jameo on April 16, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    Sorry Deano but you’re wrong. At the school I work at we run teams from Year 2-6 and have separate boys and girls team for each age group , so in total we have 10 teams a season playing over 100 fixtures. We also offer our local academies to come and watch our teams play and from this have 8 children on trial at 2 local academies.

    That being said I think grassroots should be supported as well. I used to run a weekend team and finding a sponsor each season for a new kit was never easy.

    Just wanted to let people know that don’t already, just how much sport and football primary schools do offer for children.

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