Decathlon has expanded its buyback scheme that allows customers to swap or repair old sports gear in exchange for store credit to give their old items a second life.

Selection of Decathlon products

The scheme, which launched in October across own-brand bicycles, is now being extended to include products across Decathlon’s other sports categories such as fitness equipment, racket sports, water sport items such as kayaks and paddleboards, and camping gear.

Decathlon’s research found that almost a third of British homes have unused sporting equipment stored away, with the most common items being bicycles, weights, gym equipment, footballs, tennis rackets and golf clubs.

The sports retailer’s initiative is available in stores and online. It allows customers to drop off their old equipment at the nearest Decathlon store while redeeming the cost for in-store vouchers. Decathlon will refurbish and resell the old products as part of its second-life scheme.

Chris Allen, sustainability director at Decathlon UK, said: “At Decathlon, we’re all about driving participation in sport and we want to encourage this in the most sustainable way possible. Buyback allows people to realise value from older or unused kit and exchange it for new or refurbished products.

“With the cost of living still having a huge impact on our customers, we are determined to ensure people are ready to play this summer, whatever the weather.”