The Michael Carrick Foundation has launched a football boot amnesty in Manchester, Trafford and Stockport to ensure youngsters have access to the equipment they need to be able to take part in sport.
Running throughout October, Carrick’s Boot Room, supported by Trafford Leisure and Life Leisure in Stockport, plans to reach more children than ever before.
During the campaign, the Foundation is calling upon people to donated unwanted or outgrown football boots and trainers at one of the 32 designated drop-off points.
The 2019 Boot Room follows an extremely successful launch last year, in which more than 1,000 pairs of boots were donated.
Building on this, the Foundation have increased the number of drop-off locations in Manchester, Trafford and Stockport.
Former Manchester United and England midfield Carrick said: “The Foundation is really excited to be able to build on last year’s success in Manchester and expand the campaign to Tyne and Wear.
“It is essential that inadequate footwear is not a barrier to participation in sport and any donated boots really will make a huge difference to the children who need them most.”
Every pair of donated boots will be checked, cleaned and re-laced, ready to be redistributed to children at community football sessions, schools and grassroots clubs.
Carrick added: “We were humbled by the sheer volume of boots kindly donated last year and were thrilled to be able to gift a pair of ‘new to you’ boots to every participant at our Manchester-funded sessions.
“However, with children outgrowing their boots every six to 12 months, we wanted the campaign to become an annual event and ensure that every child can continue to take part and enjoy sport with their peers.”
Boot drop-off locations
- Ardwick Sports Centre
- Manchester Aquatics Centre
- Hough End Leisure Centre
- HSBC UK National Cycling Centre
- Abraham Moss Library and Leisure Centre
- North City Family and Fitness Centre
- East Manchester Leisure Centre
- Arcadia Library and Leisure Centre
- Active Lifestyle Centre
- Wythenshawe Forum Leisure Centre
- Box Football, Cheadle Hulme
- Trafford Leisure Altrincham Golf Course,
- Trafford Leisure Altrincham Leisure Centre
- Trafford Leisure Sale Altrincham Leisure Centre
- Trafford Leisure Stretford Sports Barn
- Trafford Leisure Partington Leisure Centre
- Trafford Leisure Urmston Leisure Centre.
- Trafford Leisure The Grammar
- Altrincham Football Club
- Houldsworth Village
- Stockport Sports Village