This social enterprise, supported initially by the Rank Foundation, encourages local people and organisations (including generous donations from Pontypridd RFC, Cardiff Blues and the Football Association of Wales Trust) to donate unwanted sports kit in several Rhondda locations (e.g. Rhondda Sports Centres at Tylorstown and Ystrad) for recycling and selling at a fraction of the new cost to those wishing to get into sport. Ynyshir karate black belt, Steffan Rees, came up with the idea when he realised just how much young people and families had to fork out for new sports kit to join his club. As Play it Again Sport collects more sporting gear, it will be seeking to help local sports groups with kit and small grants to facilitate growth.
Recently, the social enterprise has supported three inter-school rugby tournaments at Sardis Road (home of Pontypridd RFC). The latest of these saw 130 primary school children from eight Rhondda schools playing touch and full contact rugby (see the picture below). The following schools have participated in these ‘Let us Play’ tournaments:
Alaw Primary, Trealaw Primary, Hafod Primary, Porth Juniors, Ynyshir Primary, Pontygwaith Primary, Cymmer Primary, Darran Park Primary, Maerdy Primary, Cwm Clydach Primary, Bryncethin Primary, Cefn Cribbwr Primary
From August 2017 Play It Again Sport has been based in Too Good To Waste, a household goods recycling social enterprise in Ynyshir and a founding member of Stronger Rhondda Gryfach. The store is open seven days a week and has had amazing support from a wide range of individuals and organisations donating sports kit. From December 2017, Play It Again Sport will also be available in Too Good To Waste’s Aberdare store. For the latest deals and details of sports activities, check out our Facebook page.
Check out our promotional video made by Juliana Willis when she was leading the project. Please share!
Mark Hutton – 07929 504525