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Kukri reveal the winning formula to creating a school sports kit that lasts

Posted by Hannah Vickers | February 22, 2017 | Sports & Leisure

When was the last time that your school updated its sports kit? At Kukri, we understand that it might seem like a difficult and daunting task, but it is a very rewarding experience for the school and its pupils. 

Your school will have its own identity so it is important that you use this as the foundation for your new kit. 

By keeping an element of your previous identity, you will find that designing your new sports kit becomes more about modernising than reforming. 

Consequently, as an industry-leading bespoke sportswear brand which has created kits for over 100 sports, we have valuable tips that independent schools can use to help their decisions during this process. 

Create a bespoke design 

First and foremost, remember that your sports kit should be bespoke and personal to your school. We have seen that many schools want to keep their traditional style, whilst adding a modern feel, so don’t be afraid to stick to your vision. Designing your own bespoke sports kit means your design is exclusively yours, creating your own identity on and off the field. 

Be on trend 

It is important to choose colours that are contemporary and complemented with modern design features. We also find that schools choose fluorescent colours for their PE kits and, when they go on tours, so that they stand out.

Your school will have its own identity so it's important that you use this as the foundation for your new kit

Choose the right fabric 

With sports kits, there are many new fabrics to choose from, depending on how you would like you’r uniform to perform. One of our most popular fabrics is S-Spire as this can be used across most products, including playing kits, training and leisure wear. This fabric is light but still hard-wearing and has wicking properties to take sweat away from the skin. When your school is choosing a fabric, ask lots of questions so that you understand how it performs. Another popular fabric is Blast Fleece, which has a water-resistant finish so it works well for schools that play outdoor sports, staff or teams going on tour to wet countries. 

Get it on time 

When you have decided on the style, colour and fabric of your new sports kit make sure that it will be delivered to meet your preferred timescales. At Kukri, we have been working closely with our main suppliers to improve our delivery performance and we have now achieved over 95% of orders being delivered on time or even earlier. Every sports kit supplier should be striving for this service, so ensure that they have strict deadlines in place. As a guideline, our personalised stock products are delivered, on average, within six days and with an industry-leading 97% on-time delivery performance. Sublimated garments are also turned around within three-four weeks with a similar level of performance

Remember, your sports kit can reflect your school’s colours and heritage, whilst looking modern and featuring the latest smart fabrics. 

At Kukri, we work with leading state and independent schools worldwide, providing a professional, unified look across every sport schools participate in. Our kit is made to professional standards with some of the world’s leading sports teams wearing Kukri week in, week out. Our ability to provide kit across multiple sports was evident when we supplied Team England with sportswear and leisurewear for over 600 athletes across 17 sports at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Your Sales Manager, with support from our experienced Customer Service team, will offer all the support you need to ensure your school receives the kit they deserve. We take great pride in delivering an unrivalled service to our customers. 


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