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Friday, October 16, 2009

Kick4change: New boots for kids

Kick4change is based in Northallerton, North Yorkshire and has designed and created an affordable football boot aimed at children aged between four and eight. All profits made from the boots (cost £14.99), will go back into the child’s school or football team and to support other community initiatives. The company is the idea of childhood friends Jamie Tosh, 33, and Simon Brown, 32, who wanted to create a business that would help children and grassroots sport, rather than simply lining their own pockets. They are the first social enterprise company in Britain to sell football boots and hope to expand the range to include items such as trainers. The new boots will be available in November.

Kick4change is a community interest company, an initiative started by the government that creates a business that is half way between a normal business and a charity.
The company is under a legal obligation to put all profits back into communities, with 50 per cent going directly to the school or club and the other 50 per cent doled out to deserving schemes or charities.

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