Gear up Ōtautahi is recycle/reuse a community-driven project designed to help children and adults participate in sports.

Donate old, new and used sports equipment to the various Gear Up Ōtautahi wheelie bins around the city.

Please check our Facebook page(external link) for the up-to-date list of locations.

Mr 6, aka spiderman, is happy with his new ball.

Gear Up Ōtautahi started in the south of Christchurch in 2015 as a one-off sports equipment drive to be redistributed at a number of community events. 

Gear Up Ōtautahi is run by the Christchurch City Council and aims to:

  • Provide predominantly children and youth but also adults with good quality sports equipment, shoes and boots that have been donated by the community.
  • Reduce barriers to participation by providing used sports and recreation equipment.
  • Promote health and well-being and encourage people to be active.

What you can donate

Donation tent

Donated gear is laid out for people to look through, try on and take away at a community event.

Any type of sports equipment including shoes, balls, racquets, bats, etc in good used or new condition can be donated. 

We do not accept helmets or clothing donations.

Please clean the gear before you drop it into our donation bins. 

What we do with your donations

Donations are distributed to a variety of people and groups, such as community events and groups, sports clubs and schools. 

Some of the donation points are also distribution points – you can find these on our Facebook page(external link).

If your gear is not suitable to use, we'll dispose of it or find another use for it, such as donating old balls to Dog Watch Sanctuary Trust.

Gear up Ōtautahi donation bin.

Host a donation bin

If you're considering hosting a donation bin or running a donation drive, please contact us to discuss how we can work with you on this.

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