Rugby MP backs scheme to get boots to families needing help getting into grassroots football

Rugbeians are encouraged to donate their old football boots

Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 9:34 am
Updated Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 9:36 am
Mr Pawsey.

Rugby MP Mark Pawsey is backing the new ‘Football Rebooted’ campaign which aims to allow struggling families to get involved in grassroots football.

'Football Rebooted' has been launched by smart energy supplier, Utilita, and former England and Premier League goalkeeper David James MBE.

People with spare football boots can go to the campaign’s website, www.footballrebooted.co.uk, to request a freepost “boot bag” to donate their boots.

Their boots will then reappear at one of many claim stations which will pop up in parks, training grounds, and at some of the UK’s largest football clubs.

Premium pairs of the ‘most wanted’ retro boots and former and current players’ boots and other items will also be in the mix, giving anyone a chance to come along and grab a pair of football boots.

The energy supplier involved with the campaign said they believe that hat out of the 74 percent of families who had been impacted financially by the pandemic, 18 percent won’t be able to send their kids back to grassroots football as they can’t afford boots and other items such as goalie gloves and shin pads.

Mr Paswey, who previously ran a campaign to send old football kits to Rwanda, is now urging Rugbeians to see if they have any unused football boots which could be donated to support Football Rebooted.

He said: “As we recover from the Covid 19 pandemic one of the most important things we can do is take part in sports activities again – and Football Rebooted gives youngsters who might have missed out because they don’t have the right kit a chance to do so.

"It’s also great for the environment and really stresses how important reusing and recycling is in our day-to-day lives and so I’m really pleased to be able to support this campaign.”

Campaign ambassador David James MBE said: “Right now, there are millions of pairs of football boots that people have grown out of or replaced, and we need to make sure they don’t end up in landfill.

"Getting these boots replayed through Utilita’s Football Rebooted campaign will not only save players a few quid but will also act as an important reminder about the power of upcycling and reusing items that still have a lot of life left in them.”