Decathlon is set to give away thousands of free products to Aussies across the country, this Thursday September 16. 

The initiative is set to become one of the biggest free sports giveaway campaigns undertaken by a retailer on a single day in Australia’s history.

To get involved, customers must sign up to become a 'most valuable player' member and select an item they want to receive for free, subject to a small shipping fee. 

There will be 30 different types of sporting products up for grabs, with the giveaway running from 9am until items run out.

Products featured in the giveaway include a soft archery set, a portable ping pong set, a yoga mat, basketballs and resistance bands. 

Speaking on the campaign, Decathlon Australia CEO Olivier Robinet said the business wanted to provide locked-down Aussies with something fun to do while at home. 

"People across the country are suffering at the hands of some of the harshest COVID lockdowns in the world. 

"Mental health issues are on the rise, separation from loved ones is creating emotional anguish, job losses and financial strain are causing extraordinary hardship and suffering, gyms and other exercise centres are closed – people are feeling lost and without hope.

"At Decathlon, our core focus is to make sports accessible to the many – supporting people to live healthy lives connecting and engaging with others in their community.

"If Aussies in lockdown can’t get out and do the things they love, then we want to give them a sporty item to help them have fun during this difficult time – whether it be a game of table tennis or Finnish skittles, playing ball, doing yoga, or playing a game of soft archery or boules, we have something for everyone.

"Our products are expertly designed to help people keep active and we have picked a range of products that can be used indoors and outdoors around the home to help Aussies get through lockdown," he said. 

To satisfy COVID restrictions, all items will be delivered via post. 

Robinet added that the business is committed to supporting the Australian community during this tough time. 

"We are dedicated to investing in this wonderful country and helping all Australians to experience the benefits of sport no matter their situation.

"Sport is an important part of life.

"We plan on being here for many years to come and giving back to the people of Australia who are doing it tough is part of our commitment to being part of the community," he said. 

Decathlon launched in Australia in 2017 and has since opened five stores, with its sixth set to open in November. 

The Decathlon Community Initiative comes after the retailer was fined $1.5 million by the ACCC for breaching Australian Consumer Law in August. 

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