It's time to dust off those forgotten sports shoes and donate them to the annual Bring Yer Boots Campaign, which began this week.

This year Hawke's Bay Today, in conjunction with Sport Hawke's Bay, will run the fifth annual Bring Yer Boots campaign, collecting and distributing sports gear to youngsters, for the month of March.

Sport Hawke's Bay commercial manager Ryan Hambleton said the campaign now accepted all types of sporting footwear, in light of different sport codes expanding in popularity.

"Traditionally it's always been about rugby and football boots but we're really keen to open it up and reduce barriers for those other sports.''

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Footwear for running, basketball, netball, rugby, football and other sports would be distributed to children from Wairoa to Central Hawke's Bay.

Mr Hambleton said the annual campaign had been brought forward this year to accommodate sports that begin early and get kids into boots before seasons start.

"The shoes all go to really worthy kids who just want to get out and run around with their mates.

''This is an easy way for the Hawke's Bay community to support sport."