It’s ready, steady go for Comoodle’s sports kit scheme
Could your community group benefit from borrowing sports equipment and outdoor games for free from Comoodle?
Launched in March 2016, the Comoodle sports equipment scheme gives local groups the chance to borrow different items of sports kit, including kwik cricket, ping pong and swingball sets, large parachutes and target mats, and giant outdoor games like Jenga and Ludo.
The equipment is ideal for community events or fun days, and for groups looking to start up an activity session or try something new. It is free for any community organisation in Kirklees.
The scheme is already proving popular. One of the first groups to borrow equipment was Active Social Care. Their sessions help people with disabilities to move more freely. The Comoodle kit meant that the group could find out what the participants liked, instead of having to buy things that might not have been well-used.
The Oxfam Online Hub in Batley borrowed some giant games for a week. Their hard-working volunteer team used them to have a fun break and to raise some money for Sport Relief at the same time.
To make it easier to borrow the equipment, groups can arrange to pick it up and drop it off at their local library.
What is Comoodle?
The sport equipment lending scheme is part of Comoodle’s ongoing work to help local services and community organisations share what we have – stuff, space or skills. The Comoodle team are trying out different ways of doing things, to work out how best to scale up the project in the future.
The Comoodle project is a winner of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, an ideas competition to inspire bold and creative ideas in cities that will improve people’s lives.
How do I get involved with Comoodle?
Community organisations and projects in Kirklees should visit www.comoodle.com to find full details of the sports equipment on offer and to make their request, or call the team on 01484 456844.
Local sports clubs are also getting involved in Comoodle. Thornhill Tennis Club are loaning out rackets and tennis balls, and Huddersfield Pétanque Club are offering free pétanque training. The project team would like to hear from any local organisation who has something that they’d be willing to share with other groups.
Groups are also encouraged to use the Comoodle “Wish list” to request any other items or spaces that they would like to be able to borrow, or any skills that their group would benefit from learning.