Shamrock Rovers F.C. has thrown its weight behind a national campaign to ship pre-loved sports shoes from Irish families to township children in South Africa.

Rovers have volunteered several resources to the In My Shoes campaign which is working with schools, sports clubs and families to collect several thousands of no longer needed boots.

We are joined on this initiative by our partners, The Square Tallaght and Skechers Ireland, to support the appeal.

There will be a used sports shoe collection event outside the cinema in The Square together with a player’s Meet and Greet on Friday, April 28th, from 3 pm to 4.30 pm. Hooperman will also be there to meet those donating and there will be lots of great prizes and giveaways.

To add even more to the occasion everyone who donates a pair of sports shoes at The Square event will get a 20% off Skechers voucher.

We will also be holding a collection in the club shop in Tallaght Stadium during opening hours on Friday 28th and Saturday 29th April. This will be drop-off only. Shop hours are Friday 2pm to 7.45pm (home match vs Sligo Rovers KO 8pm) and Saturday 12pm to 4pm.

Sport shoes must be in decent condition, and clean with no dirt on them

We encourage all Hoops fans and our affiliate and partner clubs to get involved by donating anything that you can.

Meanwhile, thousands of miles away in Cape Town, Casey Prince, Executive Director of Ubuntu Football said:  

“We are so thankful and excited to work alongside the In My Shoes Programme and clubs in Ireland like Shamrock Rovers.  These boots and trainers will benefit our ambitious young players tremendously.  

“They all dream of playing for a club like Shamrock Rovers one day, and quality boots will aid that process in making that dream a reality.  In the process, we have the opportunity to shape them into significant people that will help South Africa reach its full potential.”

In My Shoes was set up in 2019 after its CEO Sligo native Ciarán McHugh visited the Khayelitsha township in Cape Town, home to over a million people.   

In two pilot appeals, 15,000 pairs of sports shoes were shipped to South Africa after the feet of their original owners in Ireland had outgrown them.

In My Shoes shipping partners UPS brought the welcome cargo to less fortunate kids in townships across Africa. 

The appeal now has hundreds of schools nationwide registered to collect shoes, the aim being to gather tens of thousands of the gently worn boots and send them to underprivileged township children.

Schools can register this week up to Friday 28th April.

Appeal co-founder and MD Ciaran McHugh said: “Shoes are more than just foot protection in an African township, they can be the difference between a hopeful or bleak future.”

“We connect your acts of kindness with those most in need a world away so that everyone can have the gift of opportunity.  I have never been involved in a project before where so many wanted to do so much for so little.”  

To get involved with the In My Shoes campaign visit The donation appeal runs until this coming Friday, the 28th of April. Schools are encouraged to register via the website.