On Tuesday 25 October, over 40 BMX jerseys were given to kids attending Access Sport’s skate and BMX half-term session at Stockwood Bike Park in Bristol by Presca and Stuff4Life.
The sessions with Access Sport’s skate and BMX coaches were attended by local families who were able to use bikes, skateboards and helmets provided by the charity and pick up a free jerseys if they needed one.
The jerseys were donated to Presca (climate positive sportswear brand based in Bristol) and Stuff4Life (innovative clothes recycling start-up) at the British BMX Championships in Bournemouth in August. Riders at the Championships donated jerseys to be given to those in need of kit or to be recycled if they were not in a fit state to be used anymore. Through Presca’s Workshop, riders were also offered the chance to get repairs on jerseys damaged while practicing or competing.
Access Sports trains, equips and supports community sports organisations to provide inclusive programmes that help transform the lives of underserved young people in their local communities. The charity opened the Stockwood Bike Track in May to offer a resource for the local community that has created a safe and exciting place to learn to ride, increase cycling confidence and enhance bike handling skills.
Alongside Access Sport, Stuff4Life and Presca, members of 'British Cycling South Region Board and Councillor Graham Morris of the Stockwood Ward came down to support the sessions.
Lucy Fisher, National Development Manager at Access Sport said:
“It has been brilliant to link up with Presca and Stuff4Life to hand donated jerseys to those in the local Stockwood community, enabling the jerseys to have a second life as well as providing many young riders to their first BMX jersey. Access Sport is excited to connect cycling and sustainability within the communities where we work and we are looking forward to doing more in the future.”
John Twitchen, Stuff4Life co-founder, said:
"It's so important not only that we ensure the things we make and sell, buy and use, are able to be recycled, but also that they have a good, long life before they are discarded. The shirt amnesty has ensured that these [forty plus] BMX race shirts are used for longer, and what better way than this event, this facility and this reuse project to give more reasons for more people to ride bikes more often."
Ed Smith, Business Development Lead at Presca said: “We’re incredibly happy to support Access Sport and get the donated jerseys back in use for the benefit of those in need of kit and the planet. At Presca we’re leading the sportswear industry to ensure clothing is made-to-last through eco-conscious materials and ethical manufacturing, while ensuring clothing can be repaired or altered and then recycled at the genuine end of life. It was fantastic seeing the jerseys get a new lease of life by kids excited to wear them. A win for the community and the environment.”
For further information on Access Sports cycling work, visit the accesssport.org.uk or for any enquiries email: email@example.com
If you have any sportswear items that need repairing or altering, visit prescasportswear.com or email: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on Stuff4Life and their PPE and workwear recycling, visit stuff4.life or email: email@example.com