Phoenix launch Budget Boot Drive

The Wellington Phoenix are asking for fans to donate their pre-loved footy boots to help families in need, and to encourage kids to join local sports clubs.

In partnership with Budget Car Rentals, the Phoenix have launched the Budget Boot Drive ahead of this weekend’s Easter double-header.

For hundreds of families across Wellington, the high cost of uniforms, gear, and equipment is often a barrier to children starting or taking part in sport.  

To help combat this, the Phoenix will be collecting pre-loved boots at this weekend’s games at Porirua Park and Sky Stadium as part of its Budget Boot Drive.

The boots will then be distributed to whānau and tamariki in need through the club’s Football For All programme.  

Wellington Phoenix players (from left to right) Youstin Salas, Rylee Foster, Matt Sheridan, Jack Duncan and Annalie Longo pose with Naenae Intermediate School students to launch the Budget Boot Drive.

Phoenix players and staff have already kickstarted donations by filling two bins with their old boots. 

“It’s simple and easy to donate,” Phoenix general manager David Dome said. “Dig out the boots collecting dust at the back of your closet, or the boots that your kids have long outgrown and bring them to one of our games this weekend.

“We want to fill the Budget van at Porirua Park on Saturday and at Sky Stadium on Easter Sunday.

“By donating you will help hundreds of kids play sport that otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford to.”

Wellington Phoenix players (from left to right)Matt Sheridan, Annalie Longo, Rylee Foster, Youstin Salas and Jack Duncan with the Budget van which will collection donations for the Budget Boot Drive.

Budget Car Rentals is a proud partner of the Wellington Phoenix and approached the club with the idea of a boot drive. 

“We are really proud to support this grassroots initiative to not only offer a little bit of practical help but hopefully create a positive impact for families who have children keen to join a club or play in a school team,” Bryn McGoldrick, Budget General Manager ABG said. 

“It also acts as an important reminder about the power of reusing items that still have a lot of life left in them. You never know, some of the boots we collect may end up on the feet of future stars.”

The Budget van will be located beside the food trucks at Porirua Park and outside the main gate at Sky Stadium.