Leeds United Foundation and adidas team up to give free football kits to city clubs

Leeds  United's official kit partner adidas has donated free football kits to local clubs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

By Mark Lavery
Sunday, 8th November 2020, 4:45 pm
Updated Monday, 9th November 2020, 4:07 pm

It is part of an adidas initiative to give 150,000 free football kits to grassroots and amateur football teams across Europe whose income has been badly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Leeds United Foundation helped adidas identify teams that would benefit from the scheme and free kits have been given to Beeston Juniors, Sporting Leeds, Danby Rovers, Chapeltown and Hyde Park.

The teams receiving the kits range from junior and youth teams, adult teams, female teams in the BAME community and disability teams.

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Beeston Juniors with some of the kits donated by adidas

LUTV filmed Leeds United midfielder Jamie Shackleton at Elland Road when he helped organise the bundles for each team chosen.

Jamie, a Leeds United Academy graduate, said: “The clubs receiving these kits I know will massively appreciate them, especially through these difficult times.

"I’m sure a lot of the clubs will have been hit financially like most others, so this will really help them out.

“Everything revolves around the local football clubs in our community. I think I played in three age groups before I got picked up by Leeds United and everyone has got to start somewhere. For me that is grassroots, you build from there, that’s exactly what I did - because not many players can go straight into an academy.

“To know that I’ve helped in a way, just to sort them out and make sure they’ve each got the right kits so they can go out and play and just enjoy their football, has been great.”

Julia Hogan, senior participation officer at Leeds United Foundation, said: “ We wanted to make sure we chose a diverse group of teams that would really benefit from this free kit initiative, club’s that have been working closely with the foundation over the last season.

"We have youth and adult teams, female teams from BAME communities and clubs that are socially and economically challenged.

“Grassroots teams are not just about playing football, it’s about bringing a community together, creating a family and looking after each other’s mental health and wellbeing.

"We’re so grateful to be involved in the adidas Football Collective: For the Game initiative and to be able to help support some of our local teams that really need it.”