Rugby boot re­cy­cling

South Waikato News - - Motoring - LUKE KIRKEBY

Rugby boots are an es­sen­tial part of the game but, at the rate kids grow, of­ten they are only used for one sea­son and then tossed aside.

With many South Waikato fam­i­lies having two or more chil­dren play­ing rugby or rugby league at the same time that means an un­wel­come kick in the wal­let for many par­ents who have to fork out more money each sea­son to buy new ones.

Sport Waikato’s South Waikato Dis­trict co­or­di­na­tor Lisa Mansell is plan­ning to change that by start­ing up a South Waikato Rugby Boot Re­cy­cling ini­tia­tive which will run un­til the end of April.

The idea be­hind the ini­tia­tive is that fam­i­lies will do­nate boots their chil­dren have grown out of to other chil­dren in need.

Mansell said the boots will be avail­able free of charge as a way of help­ing to re­duce the fi­nan­cial strain

‘‘Our ba­bies grow out of their boots so fast and they have barely been used.’’

sports can put on fam­i­lies.

‘‘Usu­ally fam­i­lies in the dis­trict have two or more kids play­ing and they have got to pay mem­ber­ships, buy boots, mouth­guards, and head gear if they need it so there is a lot of ex­pense,’’ she said.

‘‘Ju­nior rugby in Pu­taruru is $20 for one child and that doesn’t in­clude ac­ces­sories so imag­ine if you had three or five kids play­ing.’’

‘‘A lit­tle pair of branded boots can cost be­tween $40 to $60 and that is just for a four year old. Our ba­bies grow out of their boots so fast and they have barely been used so I am sure there are heaps of fam­i­lies out there with lit­tle rugby boots they could do­nate to fam­i­lies that need boots,’’ she said.

She said boots of all sizes were wel­comed.

‘‘I will have three drop off points. In Toko­roa that will be at Sport Waikato, In Pu­taruru at Laser Plumb­ing, and in Ti­rau at the I-SITE,’’ she said.

‘‘I have still got to catch up with the dis­trict’s clubs but at this stage if peo­ple are want­ing boots they can come into Sport Waikato in Toko­roa in Swanston St and pick them up.’’

Mansell said the idea came from Pu­taruru’s Kim­berly Crocker who tri­alled it lo­cally last year.

‘‘It went re­ally well so I wanted to build on that and open it up to the whole dis­trict,’’ Mansell said.

‘‘My work­mates will prob­a­bly be like ‘gosh Lisa, what are you up to now?’ but I can al­ways take any boots that peo­ple don’t col­lect to the clubs un­til some­one wants them,’’ she laughed.

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