Why is it so important

  • There are two types of equipment:
    • Fixed in the same place (e.g., boxing ring, table tennis tables)
    • Mobile then can be used by more than one person (e.g., bicycle, baseball gloves)
    • Mobile for personal use (e.g., taekwondo petos, trekking shoes)
  • Except for running and fitness where you can physically activate yourself, much of the Sport activities we know requires the use of devices, gears, and other forms of equipment
  • Certain Sport, e.g., baseball can be cost demanding, which prevents people from practicing it
  • §  Lack of equipment can be a critical constraint in the involvement in physical activity
  • Environmental sustainability is more than ever a serious topic that needs to be addressed:
    • It takes over 2,200 gallons of water to make one pair of Sport cleats (164)
    • Composite materials, metals and plastics found in Sport and fitness equipment can take up to 1,000 years to decompose  (164)

What you will find here

Ideas to involve people that due to certain circumstances, cannot afford adequate equipment

Who can apply this

  • Coaches
  • Club managers
  • Facility owners


Second-hand equipment store/warehouses

  • Professional Sport subs use Sport material (e.g., table tennis rubbers, baseball balls)
  • Some ideas to equip vulnerable groups and others unable to afford these expenses is through the creation of a common warehouse open to any person
  • Another alternative could be the creation of an online platform (rent or sell with discount)

Best Practice:

Play It again Sport. Click here


Recycled materials: A potential sustainability strategy

  • Manufacturing of Sport equipment can promote livelihoods in unprivileged areas
  • Joint efforts with sponsors, businesses or other suppliers can bring interesting opportunities to build Sport equipment such as rackets, artificial football turf, baseball bats, among other ideas, football goals
  • These alternatives should be related to CSR and sustainability strategies, including the use of recycled or discarded material

Best Practices:

  • ITTF Foundation: Building hand-crafted table tennis tables. Click here
  • Wilson Recycle Balls programmes. Click here

Security and  appropriateness of equipment according to specific target groups

  • Children: weight
  • People with disabilities: specific devices for people
  • Emergency areas/slums: Handmade equipment workshops should be part of the Sport interventions due to the shortage of these resources
  • Prisons: Equipment should be carefully provided. Objects that can be “used” afterwards by prisoners for harming purposes should be discouraged, e.g., sharp forms

To check additional equipment suggestions, please check each specific Activity Boxes related to these Target Groups


Adapted Rules to maximize the use of Sport equipment and  facilities

Please go to Additional Guideline “Rules in Sport for All” to see different ideas to increase the use of existing facilities

Other recommendations:

  • Scale purchases: Buying directly to manufacturers can bring significant savings
  • Annual purchases plan to single suppliers can also contribute in savings
  • Sport equipment brands and suppliers should be considered in sponsorship plans as they are partners for ISO promoting Sport for All
Tip: Consider new trends of equipment that can be used by all in open/public spaces or through bookings via apps