Following on from the success of The Cricket Asylum Foundation’s programmes over the last 6 years, one thing that comes up time and again is the high cost of entry into the sport we love. That is why, following the growth in interest in playing post pandemic, we have decided to set up the UK’s first (to our knowledge) official kit lending library. The TCAF Kit Library aims to support players starting out at grass roots Cricket and those struggling to afford to replace old kit, whether junior or senior player we want to help! With our initial Kit Library Hub being based in West Yorkshire, we’re also aiming to move this nationwide so there are opportunities for Hubs and Drop Off Centres to be popping up all over the country!
What is the Kit Library?
The TCAF Kit Library is a initiative where new players and players with restricted financial support can access good quality used or new cricket equipment such as bat, pads and gloves. Either free of charge or for a small donation these players can then take home the required items to update their cricket gear or even start from scratch.
How can I donate kit?
Simply contact your nearest Drop Off Centre or the Kit Library Hub to arrange a kit drop off, alternatively you can post to Kit Library Hub – The Cricket Asylum Foundation, Top Floor, Asquith Bottom Mill, Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3BT.
What kit are we looking for?
We are not looking to help you clear your attic of the 20-year-old moth eaten kit bag! Instead, we are after good quality, clean used kit, equipment, shoes and clothing. Items that have been outgrown rather than used to death!
How can I get this kit?
If you’re in need of some new Cricket equipment and find the costs too much, simply contact us with your requirements (plus sizes) and we’ll see what we have in stock for collection. A small financial donation is encouraged, and we’d love to see kit returned if you have no further use for it or have grown out of it so the gear can be passed on.
What happens to my donation?
Donations will go towards running the Kit Library and helping out local players from disadvantaged backgrounds access coaching and scholarships in their local area.
How can I get involved with the Kit Library?
If you would like to help us build this initiative, we would love to have you on board as we make this a national initiative across the UK. You can become a Kit Library Hub or Drop Off Centre, so please contact us with your name, number and the club/organisation you represent. We’re always after volunteers looking to help spread the love of the game, so if you would like to help in any other way, please let us know.
To arrange a kit drop off please get in touch with the Hub or a Drop Off Centre below…
KIT LIBRARY HUBS:
The Cricket Asylum, 01422 836554
DROP OFF CENTRES:
The Cricket Asylum (Sowerby Bridge, HX6 3BT)
Vicki Berry – 01422 836554
Queensbury Cricket Club (Bradford, BD13 1JB)
Phil Sharples – 07535 746529
Mytholmroyd Cricket Club (Calder Valley, HX7 5PZ)
Glenn Kershaw – 07891 555742
Walsden Cricket Club (Calder Valley, OL14 7SX)
Matt Dawson – 07775 614370
Greenmount Cricket Club (Bury, BL8 4DX)
Leigh Dickinson – 07793 289166
Lowerhouse Cricket Club (Burnley, BB12 6LP)
Stan Heaton – 07941 439741
Blackley Cricket Club (Halifax, HX5 0TE)
Alice Hesmondhalgh 07722 590462Connect with TCA Foundation