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New football boot recycling scheme kicks off in Hartlepool to help families save money and youngsters to access sport (29.09.2022)

As every parent knows, new football boots for children can be expensive.

But a new project has launched to help youngsters in Hartlepool to get their hands on a steady supply of quality boots for free.

A local housing provider is working with grassroots team FC Hartlepool and The Annexe community centre to kick start a football boot recycling scheme. As youngsters from FC Hartlepool’s 28 kids teams outgrow their boots, they will be collected and reused to help children all over town play sport.
Chris Murray, club secretary at FC Hartlepool, said they are proud to be part of the great initiative. He said: “In today’s economic climate it can be difficult for parents to afford all the kit needed to play football so we hope this scheme helps as many families as possible and the boots get a second chance bringing joy to children who would not normally have this opportunity.”

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The planned Play Safe Weekend was carried out on Saturday and Sunday 1 and 2 October 2022, helping drive greater awareness of the safeguarding practice and culture in your club or organisation.
This year’s focus remains on the key role of parents/carers in safeguarding, with two main messages being conveyed:

  • Are you aware of the vital safeguarding role you play in football?
  • Please take the new, short and free safeguarding course specifically developed for parents/carers, which can be accessed here.

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