Blues Go Red In Support Of Shelter

Wingate & Finchley will join football clubs across the Isthmian League in supporting the #NoHomeKit campaign in the first round of league games after Christmas.


The #NoHomeKit campaign is run by Shelter, a charity dedicated to tackling the housing emergency, and seeks to raise awareness of the scale of homelessness across the country.


Alongside other participating clubs, Wingate & Finchley will forego their right to wear a home shirt, instead wearing the red away kit in their home tie against Haringey Borough on Monday 27th December - a game which has the early kick off time of 1:30pm.


Club chairman Aron Sharpe said: “The club has always looked at helping those who are less fortunate.


“This initiative will hopefully bring attention to the very sad plight of the homeless.


“As a community club we will always endeavour to do anything that we are able to do to help.”


As of 16th December, at least 24 clubs across the Isthmian League have registered their support with some sides foregoing their home kit, whilst others are publicising the #NoHomeKit campaign in match day programmes.


Shelter estimates that since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 180,000 households have been made homeless, and 25 households are made homeless every 90 minutes.


Homelessness has risen dramatically in the last decades, and the prominence of football in society means that clubs like Wingate & Finchley are perfectly placed to help raise awareness.


Isthmian League chairman Nick Robinson added: “We hope that clubs will have their best attendances over the festive period and therefore the best opportunity to raise awareness.

We will join with others in the football family to ensure that the impact is far reaching. The League hopes that the Campaign is a huge success.”


If you would like to donate, then please visit www.shelter.org.uk/nohomekit, or text ‘HOME’ to 70455 to donate £5.


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