News / Public encouraged to donate sportswear

Members of Shetland's sports community join sport and physical activity coordinator Lesley Spence to donate their items at Clickimin’s recycle point. From left: Claire Morris, Aimee Keith, Lesley Spence, Tom Jamieson and James Aitken. Photo: Shetland Islands Council.

A SCHEME has been launched to encourage people to donate their unwanted sports clothes and help other folk in the community to be more active, with six new drop boxes now located across the island.

Information from those working with young people and adults shows that one of the barriers to people on low incomes getting into sport and physical activity can be the cost of trainers and suitable clothing.

The public are being asked to donate unwanted sports gear by dropping the items into the boxes.

The idea is being backed by local retailers Intersport and Cee & Jays, who have already donated a range of clothing. Local athletes James Aitken (football), Clair Morris (netball) and Tom Jamieson (athletics) have already shown their support and brought along some of their own donations.

Shetland Islands Council’s sport and physical activities coordinator Lesley Spence said: “This scheme will help those who find it difficult to take part in sports simply because they don’t have suitable clothing or trainers.


“I’m confident that the Shetland public will show their well-known generosity and donate any new or nearly-new items so that others can use them.”

Intersport and Cee & Jays director Ian Pagulayan said: “As a retailer, we want to continue our longstanding support of the local sporting community and fully support the initiative to help those who need it most.

“We offer a wide range of clothing and footwear at a range of prices, but understand that this can still be too expensive for some. We hope our donations of brand new clothing will help kick-start the initiative, and encourage other sportspeople to make their own donations.”

Drop boxes can be found at the Old Library Centre, Gilbertson Park games hall and Clickimin Leisure Complex in Lerwick; the North Mainland Leisure Centre in Brae; and at games halls in Sandwick and Scalloway.

The items will be picked up on Monday 10 April, arranged into suitable bundles and distributed.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

Shetland News is asking its many readers to consider start paying for their dose of the latest local news delivered straight to their PC, tablet or mobile phone.

Journalism comes at a price and because that price is not being paid in today’s rapidly changing media world, most publishers - national and local - struggle financially despite very healthy audience figures.

Most online publishers have started charging for access to their websites, others have chosen a different route. Shetland News currently has  over 600 supporters  who are all making small voluntary financial contributions. All funds go towards covering our cost and improving the service further.

Your contribution will ensure Shetland News can: -

  • Bring you the headlines as they happen;
  • Stay editorially independent;
  • Give a voice to the community;
  • Grow site traffic further;
  • Research and publish more in-depth news, including more Shetland Lives features.

If you appreciate what we do and feel strongly about impartial local journalism, then please become a supporter of Shetland News by either making a single payment or monthly subscription.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.



Subscribe to a selection of different newsletters from Shetland News, varying from breaking news delivered on the minute, to a weekly round-up of the opinion posts. All delivered straight to your inbox.

Daily Briefing Newsletter Weekly Highlights Newsletter Opinion Newsletter Life in Shetland Newsletter

JavaScript Required

We're sorry, but Shetland News isn't fully functional without JavaScript enabled.
Head over to the help page for instructions on how to enable JavaScript on your browser.

Your Privacy

We use cookies on our site to improve your experience.
By using our service, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy.

Browser is out-of-date

Shetland News isn't fully functional with this version of .
Head over to the help page for instructions on updating your browser for more security, improved speed and the best overall experience on this site.

Interested in Notifications?

Get notifications from Shetland News for important and breaking news.
You can unsubscribe at any time.

Become a supporter of Shetland News

We're committed to ensuring everyone has equitable access to impartial, open and quality local journalism that benefits all residents.

By supporting Shetland News, you play a vital role in ensuring we remain a pivotal resource in supporting the community.

Support us from as little as £3 per month – it only takes a minute to sign up. Thank you.