Ryan's goal: sharing football boots

March 24 2021

POLICE officer Ryan Day is asking people in Kingswood to hand over outgrown or unused football boots for redistribution to children in need.

Ryan Day with some of the boots that have already been donated

PC Day said that after a year of coronavirus restrictions it was important that all young people could have the chance to take part in extra-curricular activities. No one should be unable to participate because of a lack of sports footwear.

He is leading a campaign for boots to be handed over at pre-approved drop-off points, including King’s Oak Academy.

PC Day, a neighbourhood constable who works as an engagement and prevention officer with school, created the Caring for the Community: Football Boots Initiative, which is being supported by the Avon and Somerset force and Cabot Learning Federation.  

He said: “Covid-19 has had a huge financial impact on many families throughout the country. Giving another young person the opportunity to make use of a perfectly good pair of boots can only be a good thing. This initiative is all about caring for the community and aims to give outgrown boots a second life and limit the need for families to buy brand new, and often expensive football and rugby boots. It also provides an opportunity for families with unwanted boots to give back to the community and improve the lives of others.”

“Part of our approach to policing during Covid-19 is to inspire and encourage members of the public to be good neighbours and to look after one another, which is what this initiative is all about.  We want to encourage people to donate their old boots to others in their communities who will be able to reuse them and get continued use from them.”

The donated boots will be distributed to schools within the CLF and given to students who do not have their own boots. 

The boots can be dropped off at KOA between 9am and 5pm on weekdays. Any donated boots need to be weatherproof, in good condition and in Sizes 2 – 11.  Please only donate boots in line with Covid-19 regulations.