Northampton Saints would like to invite all supporters to help the Club improve lives through the power of sport this Saturday.
While on these shores we may take something as simple as owning and playing with a ball for granted, in hundreds of refugee camps, schools and sports clubs around the world, children are not able to experience the same simple joy.
That’s why Saints are supporting the Old Balls initiative at this weekend’s clash with Worcester Warriors at Franklin’s Gardens (kick-off: 3pm), and you too can get involved!
Founded by Northamptonshire local Mark James Cole, Old Balls collect old, broken and unwanted balls and raise money by recycling the leather into products for resale on www.oldballs.co.uk, such as Rugby Ball Wash Bags which are also available HERE from the Saints Store.
With the profits made, Old Balls then buy new balls for those who don’t have any to play with – giving them out to schools, refugee camps, clubs and individuals across the globe.
YOU can make a difference this weekend by donating any old or unwanted balls at Northampton’s match against Worcester; the Old Balls team will be collecting them at the statue in front of the Franklin's Gardens reception, and in Car Park A just outside Gate 3 (which leads into the Supporter Village).
Newly-recycled balls will be donated to the local community here in Northampton, with new balls also being bought for communities in need overseas.
“We're thrilled to be involved with such a great cause at this weekend's game against Worcester Warriors,” said Saints head of community Connor Fleming.
“Old Balls is a simple, but brilliant concept that can benefit so many people across the world. It's fair to say we probably don't appreciate how lucky we are in this country, but in coaching rugby around the world I've seen the smiles playing with a ball can bring to children's faces in any community.
“Mark, the Old Balls founder, is based out in Orlingbury – so we're proud to be supporting a local campaign too. I hope the Saints' supporters will really get behind it.”