Our Process

Sport Equipment Accepted

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Sport Central accepts sports equipment for over 13 different sports including Hockey, Shinny, Skating, Soccer, Lacrosse, Baseball, Tennis, Badminton, Rollerblading and Bicycles!

Click here for a list of accepted equipment.

Sorting & Repair

Equipment is picked up and brought to Sport Central. Bicycles and bicycle parts are taken to our Bicycle Shop and remaining equipment goes to our main equipment warehouse. Volunteers and staff sort and separate equipment into three categories:

Great condition – good for immediate use.

Good condition – needs minor repairs.

Poor condition – unsafe for use.

Referrals

To apply for sports equipment, a letter of referral must be sent to Sport Central from the referring agency. Referrals come to us from social service agencies, police officers, teachers, Kidsport, counsellors, coaches, or community workers. We also accept AISH, Alberta Works, and the City of Edmonton Leisure Access Pass.

Families who receive equipment from us bring back old equipment they have outgrown, continuing the cycle of giving.

Outfitting

A child may receive up to three different types of equipment per appointment. Children must come to Sport Central to be outfitted with equipment. Agencies, community groups and schools may apply for remote outfitting. Referrals expire after three months.

Thanks to our dedicated volunteers and donors, Sport Central has provided equipment and bicycles to over 125,000 children in need since our inception in 1991.

Outfitting

Our staff and volunteers measure and outfit kids in person to ensure a perfect fit. Sport Central’s first priority is to provide equipment for kids and youth in the Edmonton and surrounding area.

Our second priority is to ensure that no children or youth from Red Deer to the northern border of Alberta, miss out on sports due to a lack of equipment. Sport Central will also consider requests from out of province if we have a surplus of the equipment requested.

Purchasing

There are some items that Sport Central must purchase, some for safety reasons and others because they are not often donated. Click here for a list of new and used items we need.

Recycling

Sport Central believes in bringing new life to old equipment. Not only do volunteers repair equipment, but they also save bicycle parts, hockey helmet masks and parts, and recycle bent or broken metal and cardboard.

Fundraising

Sport Central fund raises for purchased equipment through a combination of Special Events and Government Grant Proposals, and our Annual Mark Spector Golf Classic Tournament

Outreach

Sport Central provides resources, people, and information to help enable more children across the country to get active and have access to the benefits sports have to offer human development and health. Click here to find out if your community qualifies for sports equipment from Sport Central.