Friday 23 November 2012
The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme is once again accepting applications. Teams from U16 level and younger can now apply to receive a free Nike football kit and equipment as donated by Premier League players.
Through the Players’ Kit Scheme the squads of all 20 Barclays Premier League clubs donated £25,000 to the Scheme to create a £500,000 fund. The fund provide schools, clubs and youth organisations in England and Wales with a full set of strips and training equipment, and aims to particularly benefit teams from areas in most need of assistance.
In its first season, over 1500 teams were selected to receive kits through the Players’ Kit Scheme, which is a joint initiative between the Premier League and the Professional Footballers Association (PFA). The teams successfully applied on www.premierleague.com during the first three application periods last season. A fourth application phase has now opened, and the Premier League is urging teams to apply.
The idea for the Players’ Kit Scheme originated at a meeting last summer with captains from all Premier League clubs, the League and delegates from the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA). Following the meeting, the players committed to adopt the scheme to deliver these valuable resources to help provide footballing opportunities across the country. One of the players at that meeting was Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, who has seen for himself the benefits of the initiative.
“Through the Premier League Players’ Kit scheme I donated a set of strips to my old primary school,” Carragher said. “It’s fantastic that all the players in the League are coming together for this. We all know that grassroots football is important because that’s where we started our journey. But we also know that it’s vitally important to have the right equipment. Not all young people can have access to that, especially those from deprived areas, so hopefully the Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme can help. Who knows, maybe this initiative might develop a few stars of the future.”
The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme provides successful groups with a free Nike team strip. Applications are welcome from any club, school or youth organisation.
There is a limited number of team strips available to award, therefore this is a competitive application process and 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 or Welsh league
• Have a Safeguarding Children policy
• Hold appropriate Public Liability Insurance.
Applications can be made now via www.premierleague.com and kits will be available to successful applicants who meet the criteria from February 2013 onwards.