Update: 10:15AM A Taranaki real estate company and football club have teamed up to kick-off a drive to collect old boots.
New Plymouth's FC Western and TSB Realty have got the ball rolling collecting donations of old and unused boots which will be given to players in Fiji to help develop the game over there.
FC Western member Greg Hull said he first got the idea when he visited the country four years ago.
"I saw a number of kids kicking a ball around and nobody had any gear," Mr Hull said.
"The opportunity has arisen again and we just thought that it was a good idea if anybody has got any lying around to donate them."
Mr Hull said any boots could be dropped into the TSB Realty offices, on Devon St East, before October 7, and he would take them to the islands when he visited next month.
"I'll just go and see some of the schools in the villages."
Faiyaz Ali, who plays for the club's first Fijian team, said football was a popular sport and he believed the boots would help nurture the game.
"It was pretty difficult to afford boots when I was growing up and playing," Mr Ali, who has lived in New Zealand for nine years, said.
"It would be doing a good thing for kids who can't afford boots."
Mr Ali said the club's Fijian team, which played in the second division, had improved during the season.
"We got better but we still finished near the bottom."
Conor Ebert, 9, son of club life member Steve Ebert liked the idea.
"Then they could actually play sports," he said. "Having boots will help them out."