Premier kit scheme

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The Premier League season may have had one of its most exciting ever finishes but the players are helping Under-16 football teams from across England and Wales prepare for the 2012/13 season.

Through the Players’ Kit Scheme the squads of all 20 Barclays Premier League clubs have provided Under-16 clubs, schools and youth organisations in England and Wales with free Nike football kit and equipment. Every Premier League squad donated £25,000 to the Scheme to create a £500,000 fund. The Scheme aims to particularly benefit those who come from areas in most need of assistance.

So far over 700 teams have been selected to receive the kits, which is a full set of strips and training equipment. The teams successfully applied for the Scheme at www.premierleague.com during the first two application periods this season. A third and final application phase is now open and the Premier League is urging local clubs to get involved so that they can have brand new kit for the next football season.

The idea for the Players’ Kit Scheme originated at a meeting last summer between the Premier League, delegates from the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and captains from all Premier League clubs. Following the meeting, the players committed to adopt the scheme to deliver these valuable resources to help provide footballing opportunities across the country.

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 10 registered members

• Be affiliated to an English 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 August onwards.