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Sports Traider unveiled as the EVO-STIK Northern Premier League's new official charity!

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We are delighted and proud to have been chosen as the EVO-STIK NPL competition's official charity partner, and look forward to working with their Football Academy. One of the first projects will be a series of league-wide collection days of unwanted sports kit and equipment in support of our #KitAmnesty campaign.

Read the press release and stay tuned for further reports on this website.


A big THANK YOU to the pupils, parents and staff at

Trinity School and Middleton Primary & Nursery School

for their efforts in supporting Sports Traider and our #KitAmnesty campaign.

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Both schools are in Nottingham and the goods they have collected will be on sale in our Sports£Land shop in the Intu Broadmarsh shopping centre.

If you would like to contribute to our #KitAmnesty campaign then please contact Martin Keech at mkeech@sportstraider.org.uk


Sports Traider takes top title at the CTSI Conference!!!

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Congratulations and well done to the team!

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute have awarded us Best Non-Local Government Exhibitor at the CTSI Conference in Bournemouth this week.


Our Watford shop is moving...

The shop in Charter Place (Intu Watford) closed on 3rd June to make way for redevelopment of that area of the shopping centre.

Intu have relocated us to 1 Queens Road, which is near the main entrance opposite McDonalds on the lower High Street, next to Tortilla and opposite Primark.

We are working hard to refit and open the new shop before 19th June.


HA15 Thank You

A massive THANK YOU to our sponsors, volunteers, players, performers, celebrities & guests, the BBL and the O2 Arena, and last but not least the fabulous crowd for your awesome support and for making HOOPS AID '15 such a spectacular event! We hope you enjoyed it.


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Don't forget, tickets for Hoops Aid and the BBL Play-Off Finals are combined in a great 2-for-1 deal !!!

Come and see Paralympians and the Help for Heroes wheelchair basketball teams battle it out on court, followed by 2 team benches overflowing with Pro-Celebrities clamouring (or is that, Glamouring) to get one up on each other in the All-Star game!

And if that's not enough excitement, take your seats again for the BBL Play-Off Final, the season finale between Newcastle Eagles vs London Lions!

Not got your ticket yet?

It's not too late - visit http://bit.ly/1DOONDf or call 08448 24 48 24


Hard keeping pace with celebrity interviews and feature stories over the past few days. Pour yourself a relaxing cup of tea/coffee and take your pick!

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BIG thank you to Bursali Towels for sponsoring the towels at Hoops Aid.

Baring our logo and produced in super-quick time, they look great!


Basketball fans Flawless are planning to wow a sell-out crowd at the O2 Arena with a slam dunk of a show at Hoops Aid.

Tickets from http://bit.ly/1DOONDf or call 08448 24 48 24


Who are we talking about?

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He was crowned European 200m champion in 1990, a member of GB's gold medal-winning 4x400m relay team at the World Championships in Tokyo in 1991, and won Olympic silver with the 4x100m team in Seoul in 1988.

He's looking to have a ball at Hoops Aid. Tickets from http://bit.ly/1DOONDf


Jay Emmanuel ThomasJAY Emmanuel-Thomas has already conquered Wembley - now he wants to conquer the O2 Arena.

The former Arsenal striker has just helped Bristol City win promotion to the Championship. But he will be showing off some different shooting skills at the O2 as part of charity basketball event Hoops Aid on May 10.

Tickets from http://bit.ly/1DOONDf


Ade Akinfenwa Beast SQDereck Chisora SQAde "The Beast" Akinfenwa, aka "the strongest footballer in the world" and former European heavyweight boxing champion Dereck "Del Boy" Chisora, have been verbally sparring before the big event at the O2 Arena.

Don't miss the "battle of the big men" at Hoops Aid on May 10Tickets from http://bit.ly/1DOONDf

Click on their photos to read what they have been saying.

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Feature Story

SPORTS TRAIDER volunteer and Hoops Aid assistant coach Jordan Blythe is 21 and suffers from the incurable disease Ulcerative Colitis. He hasn't let it stop him.

Read about his fighting spirit and his achievements in our feature section.


Diversity 592x400IKE Ezekwugo went from selling phones in an O2 shop to selling out the O2 Arena with Diversity.

But he’ll get the chance to further his secret passion for basketball when he plays there in the Celebrity All-Star Game at Hoops Aid on May 10.

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Conner Washington's story sums up the spirit of Sports Traider, and featured in the national press.

Come and watch this year's Hoops Aid 2015 on May 10. Tickets from http://bit.ly/1DOONDf


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Winning The Voice or winning for Team GB, success seems to run in the Jackman family. The brothers are teaming up and joining the star-studded line up for Hoops Aid on May 10

Not long to go now so be sure to get your ticket at http://bit.ly/1DOONDf


Paul Brown has been busy interviewing no less than THREE British Olympians and Gold Medal-winning athletes about their drive and commitment to their sport and why they are supporting Hoops Aid.

Read what Jamie Baulch, Andy Turner and Richard Whitehead have to say by clicking on their photo or via our Media page.

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bobnba6Hoops Aid is featured in an article entitled "Big News as Hoops Aid is Set to Tip-Off Once More!" in the NBA UK Fans magazine Bouncy Orange Ball.

Luke Hatfield reports on some big news from the media launch event on Friday night, including talk of taking Hoops Aid to the US!

Read the full article here and book your ticket today! http://bit.ly/1DOONDf

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JAMES BOND actor Colin Salmon has given Hoops Aid a licence to thrill.

Adding Hollywood glamour to an already star-studded line up at the O2 Arena on 10th May.

Read the interview and book your ticket today! http://bit.ly/1DOONDf


West London rapper EcKSell plans to bring the bling to Hoops Aid.


Find out why he'll be shining, literally, on our Media page.

He will also debut his new single "Man on the Side".

Book your ticket today! http://bit.ly/1DOONDf


Priest Lauderdale posedSOPHIA MAYWhat does 7'3" former Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks centre Priest Lauderdale have in common with No 1 hit-selling singer/songwriter Sophia May?

Both are coming to Hoops Aid and both were interviewed by Paul Brown today. 

Read what they have to say on our Media page.


Globetrotter JamisonFormer Harlem Globetrotter, Shawn Jamison, talks to Paul Brown about his reasons for supporting and taking part in Hoops Aid.

The 6'8" centre has played and coached in the UK since 2001. He's a big supporter of grass-roots basketball in this country through youth schemes such as Hoopskills, and he is now Head Coach at the Newcastle under Lyme College Basketball Academy.

Read the full interview on our Media page.

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Chico Slimani is warming up for Hoops Aid with a trip to Venice Beach.

Read the latest interview in the Hoops Aid series by Paul Brown on our Media page.

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"Nobody sums up the Hoops Aid spirit better than Sophie Carrigill."

The captain of the Great Britain women's wheelchair basketball team will be playing at Hoops Aid.

Pictured here with her Senior Achievers award at this year's Leeds Sports Awards. Paul Brown interviews her on our Media page.

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Find out who is playing & performing at Hoops Aid on our Media page.


retro microphonePaul Brown @pbsportswriter interviews Sports Traider founder LANCE HAGGITH about why he created Hoops Aid and his passion for the sport of basketball, and WILSON JUMA who explains how Hoops Aid helped his basketball career.

Read them both on our Media page.


Sports Traider Loughborough shop opens today! (28th Feb 2015)

Shop front Loughborough 500pxWe're located at 15A-16A High Street, LE11 2PY, tel: 01509 767707.

Please visit us soon and take advantage of our fantastic discount prices on new sports kit and equipment. Ideal for students and the local community.


Sports Traider TV launched!

Currently featuring promotional information about our Hoops Aid 2015 event at the O2 Arena on 10th May, this exclusive video news channel will feature monthy digests about the charity, it's events, activities & outcomes.

Sports Traider TV is produced by The Video News Factory, who very generously donate their resources and time on a charitable basis.


Please help us make Hoops Aid 2015 a resounding success with JustTextGiving by Vodafone. All donations will be used to fund grass-roots sporting activities for disadvantaged and disabled youngsters.

Please text HOOP15 followed by the amount of your donation to 70070, for example HOOP15 £5

All donations, whatever the amount, will be very gratefully received by the youngsters who benefit from our community sport activities. If you have ideas of how we can help in your area then please get in touch with us at info@sportstraider.org.uk


Kempston KingsOur latest Community Sports project is organising basketball coaching sessions with the Kempston Kings youth basketball club.

If you are 11-19 years old and live in the Bedford area, and want to play basketball, then come and join us!

Coaching sessions will run from 4.30pm to 6:00pm every Wednesday from 11th February to 15th April. £2 per session. All abilities welcome. Click here for details.


Thrilled to announce that Flawless will be performing at Hoops Aid 2015!

Flawless made it all the way to the finals of BGT in 2009 and have been performing and living the dream ever since. We're excited that they will be entertaining you at Hoops Aid 2015.


Click here to see the provisional event schedule for Hoops Aid 2015 and the BBL Play-Off Finals.


Preparation for Hoops Aid 2015 on Sunday 10th May at the O2 Arena is picking up momentum.

Very productive meeting today at the O2 with our friend and adviser Roger Draper and Andy Lavin, the business development manager for the O2 Arena at AEG. Later joined by Paul Brown, sports writer for the Daily Star, who is covering the big NBA game at the O2 on Thursday.


New shop in Loughborough opening very soon, bringing to the High Street 2,500 square feet of discounted quality sportswear and equipment. Profits go to grass-roots sports. 


Nottingham City Council to run a #KitAmnesty campaign.


VRL have kindly donated a significant amount of Commonwealth Games stock.


Clear Out For Christmas is a seasonal scheme we're running as part of the #KitAmnesty campaign.

It is in full flight now, stocking our shops for the festive shopping period, but we need more donations of second hand sports kit and equipment to keep up with the demand.

We gladly accept donations from individuals but the scheme has been tailored for organisations to sponsor collection bins/cages on their premises, asking their staff/members to clear out their wardrobes and cupboards of old or unwanted sports kit. In return we will advertise your involvement on our web site.

If you can help us by running one of these campaigns in your organisation then please contact us at info@sportstraider.org.uk or telephone our merchandise director, Martin Keech, on 07796 334316.

ALL donations, no matter how small, are most gratefully received - THANK YOU!


Sports Traider launch Sports£Land - the UK's first sports pound shop!

The first shop of this new brand has just opened within the intu Broadmarsh shopping centre in Nottingham.  Read more...


A Note From Lance


I would like to thank all of our volunteers for the fantastic contribution they make at Sports Traider through the chain of charity shops, and the support they give within the community. They inspire us as people who freely donate their time, helping generate funds and coaching in order to help others.  All of the money raised stays in the areas where Sports traider is located and goes back into the community to help support disabled and disadvantaged young people to access sport, who like many youngsters have the same dreams and aspirations as them, but see many hurdles to over come and just need a helping hand from time to time.

I would also like to mention and thank my management team for helping me with my vision of expanding Sports Traider and for all the time and effort everyone offers so freely, in particular more recently when my youngest son was diagnosed with Leukaemia, and to all our supporting partners and sponsors.


Lance Haggith, Chief Executive and Founder


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