SOS IRB Kit Aid, the UK-based rugby charity which collects rugby kit from schools and clubs and distributes it to developing rugby nations, has been nominated for the 'Environmental' category at the Beyond Sports Awards.
Initially shortlisted among 32 finalists from 265 worldwide entrants, SOS IRB Kit Aid has made it through to the final three in its category.
The finalists have been invited to attend the Beyond Sports Summit in London from 7-9 July, where the SOS project will be judged against two other environmental projects by distinguished panellists including Bishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson, Prince Faisal, London Mayor Boris Johnson, United Nations Special Adviser Wilfred Lemke and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, who will be chairing the judging panel.
"We are extremely proud to have been nominated for this award," said charity founder and Chairman John Broadfoot.
"We could have entered under two other categories but were keen to push the environmental green recycling benefits of SOS IRB Kit Aid, and to increase the amount of kit collected from schools and clubs.
"Being up for this gives us the opportunity to win £10,000 of additional funding to expand the 'SOS Green' schools recycling project still further, and eat into the growing waiting list of 56 emerging rugby countries wanting and needing kit deliveries.
"Among Beyond Sport's sponsors is the International Olympic Committee and we hope they will be pleased that the IRB is playing such a supportive role in the work that SOS IRB Kit Aid does to encourage UK rugby schools and clubs to think about recycling and climate change, including of course recycling unwanted kit to help youngsters in developing nations.
The charity is also about to embark on one of its most exciting partnerships to date with the Community programme of the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa.
SOS IRB Kit Aid is collecting rugby kit from 40 emerging rugby schools in the UK and Ireland, to be distributed to 40 emerging rugby schools in South Africa by Lions and South African Test players during this summer's tour.
For more information on the Beyond Sports Awards, go to www. beyondsports.org
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