National League clubs encouraged to support drive to help the homeless

National League clubs are encouraged to support Shelter’s campaign to raise funds for the homeless by wearing their away kits at Boxing Day home matches… after the Premier League declared move against the rules

  • General manager Mark Ives wrote to National League clubs about the campaign 
  • He has encouraged teams hosting Boxing Day matches to wear their away kits 
  • Shelter’s No Home Kit drive aims to raise funds for the homeless and awareness
  • The move is a direct contrast to the Premier League, who say it breaks their rules 

The National League has thrown its weight behind the homeless campaign Premier League chiefs declared against the rules.

General manager Mark Ives has written to all clubs to inform them that the competition is supporting Shelter’s No Home Kit drive to raise funds for the homeless and awareness of the difficulties they face. 

Ives has encouraged clubs hosting matches on Boxing Day to wear their away kits as part of the campaign and Sportsmail understands that many intend to do just that.

The National League has thrown its weight behind Shelter’s No Home Kit homeless campaign

The National League position is in direct contrast to that of the top flight, who told their clubs that should they wish to don change strips they would be in breach of regulations.

In the EFL, a number of clubs have already asked for permission to swap kits and have been told by the competition that they have no issue with the move. 

‘The more clubs we have involved would be fantastic and of course it would be good to have all 68 clubs,’ Ives wrote. 

‘Even if a club is playing away, they can support in the same way: wearing No Home Kit (away or third) and lending their voice on social media. 

In a direct contrast, the Premier League told top-flight teams that the move is against the rules

Tottenham are among the clubs that may have worn their away kit for a Boxing Day home game

‘This can be as big or small as clubs want. It can be just wearing the kit and an accompanying social post, but if clubs want to go further with content and fundraising then Shelter can supply you with everything you need.’ 

Last week, Sportsmail revealed the Premier League had knocked back requests from clubs. They say such a switch goes against a section of the league’s rules on kits. 

Earlier this season, special dispensation from the same section of regulations was given to Manchester United to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to take the number seven after it had already been registered to Edinson Cavani. 

A number of top flight clubs have looked into how much a fine would be likely to be and are considering going against the top flight’s ruling.

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