#KitEmOut to be decided on 24 June
Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation, will conclude their #KitEmOut competition for schools at a prize-giving ceremony in the National Football Museum in Manchester on 24 June.
5-18 year olds have been challenged by the organisation to design their own kit which reflects the identity of their team. The winning kit will be produced by Spall for their team to proudly wear and has a Kick It Out logo on the front of the jerseys.
The competition was split into five age bands, with prizes being given to runners-up and winners in each category. Hundreds of entries have been sent from around the country, the majority of which have made life very difficult for the judges.
The panel consists of Jim Lusted, Chair of Kick It Out’s Grassroots Guidance Group, Denise Lambert from the National Football Museum, and Carl Lygo of sponsors BPP University, whose logo will also feature on the winning kit design.
The event starts from 12 noon on 24 June, giving attendees a chance to explore the museum before a performance by the Every Colour choir starts proceedings. The National Football Museum’s learning zone will deliver a free workshop to participants about the historic venue before the prizes are presented to the winners.
Joining Kick It Out on the day will be Bethany England and Jay Spearing. Bethany plays as a winger for Doncaster Belles and combines her playing career with law studies at BPP University. She has represented England at Under 19 and 23 levels.
Midfielder Jay spent some of last season on loan at Blackburn Rovers from his parent club Bolton Wanderers. The 26-year-old has played over 100 professional games after starting his career at Liverpool. Both players will be presenting the winning entries with their prizes.
Hayley Bennett, Kick It Out Education Officer said: “We wanted young people to show off their creativity in a way that gives them a permanent reminder of their work. We hope the winning team wears their new kit with pride, and they think of us as they advance throughout their career.
“Entrants were not just asked for their designs, but were asked about what inclusion means to them and how their kit will promote equality. Every entry had a different answer which showed not just their imagination, but the plurality of ideas that exists among young people.
“The event will showcase how young people across the country believe football can bring people together, and that is something that Kick It Out and BPP University aims to celebrate in everything we do.”
Carl Lygo, Vice Chancellor of BPP University, said: “It has been a privilege to be part of such a fantastic Kick It Out competition and to have our logo on the winning kit. The level of creativity on show from the hundreds of kit designs we saw was outstanding and entrants should be very proud of themselves. At BPP University, we take pride in everything that we do and inclusion is a massive part of what we’re about. I’m sure the winning team will no doubt wear their kit with pride.”