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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

New KitAid website

After plenty of planning and designing the new KitAid website went live this week.  A massive thanks to Laura Davis and Switch who have done a fantastic job in creating the new website.

Please check it out at www.kitaid.net and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Evo-stik NPL and Ryman Leagues get ready for Easter Kit Amnesty

We are looking forward to a bumper kit collection from over 100 non league teams all across the North and South of England this coming Easter weekend.

This will be the third Easter amnesty held by the Evo-stik NPL and each year more and more teams come on board.  We are really pleased to welcome the Ryman League for the first time, especially as a lot of the clubs are close to home, which  will make collection a bit easier.

Many thanks to Dave Watters who is the press officer for both leagues and Dave has also promoted the collection on the BBC Radio 5 Non League show.

We are hoping for a big response this year and will follow up an update after Easter.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

From Watford to Wamba

We have recently received these great pictures showing Watford FC kit in Wamba, northern Kenya.

The kit was taken out by Clare Muir from the Swan Youth Centre in Berkhamsted along with a group of students from Ashlyn’s School. Kit was also handed out to some girls school teams as well as three other schools.  A game was arranged between Man Utd and Watford (Ashlyn’s students) and not surprisingly the reds won.  Watford blamed the pitch and the heat!!

Well done to all and we look forward to supporting Clare again later this year.


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Conquer a fear of heights!

Fancy a challenge or consider yourself a dare devil, we have two tickets available at £85 to abseil the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on the 25th May at 13:00. 

If you would be interested in this and would like to raise money for KitAid whilst taking on this challenge please contact Ian Hankin at Ian.Hankin@affinitywater.co.uk.

For more information on the abseil please visit http://www.spinnakertower.co.uk/whats-on/Abseiling.aspx 

Abseiling the Spinnaker Tower

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Stegota FC, Kampala – latest KitAid Ambassador Club

Congratulations to Stegota FC on becoming the latest Ambassador Club for KitAid.

We have worked with Edwin Nshuti, Chairman of the club, for a number of years and we have built up a solid relationship through visits to Kampala.  You may recall the fantastic story of how we were first approached for kit and we sent some XXL Stoke City shirts which had the “Britannia BS” logo on the front.  Edwin then found a company in the city called “Britania” and pointed out that they were advertising for them!! As a result they received a large consignment of biscuits which they sold at games to their supporters.  Since then they have moved on considerably as a club and hopefully will soon be playing in the FUFA Big league as a full time team.

Thomas Eddie Enright and a group from Affinity Water recently visited Stegota where they presented Edwin with a framed Ambassador Club certificate and a pair of football boots donated by Graham Taylor.  They also took out boots and kit which will  be shared with other local teams over the coming months.

Well done Stegota and welcome to the elite KitAid Ambassador Club.

Monday, 27 January 2014

From the Trent to Tanzania

One of our most unusual sources of footballs is from our friend Terry Oliver who is a very keen kayaker.  Terry regularly finds balls floating on the river Trent that have probably caused the owner much distress when they see their prized football floating away from them.

Little do they know that Terry carefully scoops them up, takes them home, washes them in detergent and then passes them on to us once he has a bumper bundle.  We then find a new home for them thousands of miles away and they have a new life on a dusty parched field in Africa.

Well done Terry – this is one of our favourite stories and if only the kids who lose their balls knew they were giving happiness to another child on a different continent we are sure they would be pleased.


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

KitAid Boxing Up

If you have ever wondered how a boxing up session works, or how we transport so much kit across the world, then take a look at our fantastic new film clip.
We would like to  thank Middlesex University for their help in making the film and we are sure you will agree, it is a great job.  It was filmed at a recent boxing up session when we had a number of different charities collecting kit, and they have all explained what it means to them and the kit recipients.

Our boxing up sessions are amazing, as in less than 3 hours we often sort and pack between 3 – 4,000 individual items of kit.  They run like clockwork and even people who are attending for the first time are off and running really quickly.  They are also good fun and a great way of meeting some very interesting people.  If you would like to come along then drop us an email at kitaid@affinitywater.co.uk and we will let you know the date, etc.