The iSPORT Foundation is calling for New Zealanders to donate unused sporting gear to help lower decile schools to level the playing field for the next generation.

Founded by Richie McCaw, Ali Williams and Daniel Carter in 2009, the iSPORT Foundation helps 12-18 year old kiwis achieve their sporting goals, no matter their circumstances by providing grants and crowdfunding, sports gear, leadership and inspiration.

“There are New Zealand schools that don’t have the right gear to help kids develop their skills in the sports they love. We want to help schools get the equipment they need to help those kids so they can realise their sporting potential. I have had a good run of it, but I could not have got there without access to the right gear. If you are not using the stuff in the cupboard and garage, pass it on to the next generation” says iSPORT co-founder and rugby legend Richie McCaw.

“This is all about helping kids – we’re looking for gear that’s still in good nick. Maybe a tennis racket you hardly used, or the wrong code football you decided not to give to your grandchildren last Christmas. We are really grateful to our business partners Westpac and Jetts for allowing us to put the collection bins in their branches and hope that New Zealanders will get behind this initiative to shift sports gear from the garage into the hands of kids that can really use it” says CEO Alister Gates.

Lee Tibble, Head of PE at Royal Oak Intermediate School, says the drive will help their up-and-coming sports stars: “Some of our kids are so talented, but we don’t have the funding to provide all the equipment they need to truly excel. We want to provide the opportunity for all our kids to participate in sport, but often struggle when we don’t have enough of even the basics, like balls. We’re grateful to iSPORT for helping us to help our kids get the chance to be the best they can be in the sports they love.”

From 4th April to 30th April you can drop unwanted and good used equipment into one of 252 locations including participating Westpac branches, Jetts clubs or MediaWorks offices nationwide. iSPORT will then distribute these donations to schools to help them nurture their sporting talents.

To donate to the drive, drop any sporting equipment in useable condition to a participating Westpac, Jetts Club or Media Works office during April.

Hey guys, we are looking for sports gear in good nick that you know your local school could use.

Drop off locations near you… Westpac, Jetts, MediaWorks

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