Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 - Newsmaker
  • Play it On Sports Clothing Popup at Collab4Good, Welland, April 5-6
  • New and used boots to kick off the footy and soccer season
  • New clothing stock donated by Adelaide United, Mark Davis Basketball Camps, Tennis SA, Athletics SA and Port Adelaide Football Club (thanks, guys!)
  • Money raised to help kids in need with sporting club fees

Play it On is a social enterprise that receives unwanted new and used sports gear and sports clothing and recycles it to new owners. The profits from sales assist kids from struggling families to pay for their sporting club fees.

Play it On Founder Theresa Brown says her research, conducted while she was a participant in the Flinders University VentureDorm program, showed that in some areas of Adelaide, around half the number of children play sport compared to more affluent suburbs.

“While I was working at Playford Council managing the grants program, I became concerned about the number of children who miss out on playing organised sport because their families just can’t afford it,” Ms Brown said.

“There was nothing I could do to help so many struggling families who just wanted to see their kids happy playing the sport of their choice, and I knew how much sport meant to my own children.

“Organised sport is great for kids’ health and social skills and some recent research found that for 10-12 year olds playing sport can improve their mental health and help reduce suicide in teenagers.”

Many others agree, donating over 2,000 items to Play it On over the last six months. On top of those individual donations, associations that have got behind Play it On include:

  • Adelaide United merchandise clothing from last season
  • Athletics SA clothing and training gear
  • Hot Shots Tennis SA training tops
  • Basketball training tops from Mark Davis Basketball Camp
  • New footy boots from Port Adelaide Football Club

“We have a great range for our special popup, with both children and adult sizes available,” Ms Brown said, “from polo tops, singlets and tennis tops, to hoodies, spray jackets, running shorts and more.

“For example, we have new football boots in kids’ sizes donated from Port Adelaide Football Club for $25.

“We are so grateful to have received so many great new and used items, people in Adelaide love their sport and the concept that their gear will be used again, not just sit forgotten in a cupboard or thrown into landfill.”  

The 2 day Pop-up sale is at Collab4Good Warehouse 16 Hindmarsh Ave, Welland, Friday 5th and Saturday the 6th of April 10-4pm. People can also drop off donations of sports gear.

To find out more about Play it On, visit the Facebook page ‘Play it On au’ or www.playiton.com.au  ##

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Play it On is an Adelaide startup that finds new homes for donated sports gear to fund children who otherwise wouldn't be able to join sports clubs.

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