On July 1st, the Airdrieonians Supporters Trust launched their 4th Annual Kit Amnesty at Airdrie Fair Day. Running throughout July, under 16’s in the area will receive a free season ticket for the club in return for handing in any unwanted piece of kit, which will then be sent to charity partners KitAid, and then redistributed to some of the poorest countries in the world.
KitAid were established in 1998, and since then, have sent 425,000 pieces of kit around the world. Airdrieonians have donated nearly 14,000 pieces of that kit in 3 years, and in return, have issued well over a thousand season tickets to youngsters in the area, aiming to make football affordable for the children and families in the area. The Airdrie FC became an ambassador club for the charity in 2014.
Every year, the Trust subsidise the free season tickets. Backed by generous sponsorship from BSB Structural, they run a variety of fund raisers and events throughout the season to be able to pay for the kids tickets. But this year, they have received a bit of help from a recent visitor to the football club….
On June 24th, Elton made history by being the first artist to appear at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium, performing to over 14,000 fans. A Diamonds home shirt was handed to him on behalf of the Supporters Trust, which he was more than happy to sign. There is already a connection with Sir Elton and KitAid, as the manager from his time at Watford FC – Graham Taylor – was patron saint of the charity until his passing.
The Trust have decided to auction this special item, with funds going to the KitAid Project to subsidise free season tickets for children. It is a fantastic item and one which we hope will go a long way to providing football kits for young people in Africa, and affordable football for children in Airdrie.
You can bid on the shirt–through Friday–on eBay