Posted on Mon 04 Jun 2012 at 17:17 by Christopher Sury
Warwick Sport and Clothing
At the moment Warwick Sport encourages all clubs to use the recommended kit supplier ADM. For years they have supplied our clubs and our teams with kit both on and off the pitch and have provided an excellent service to our clubs. However, as part of the review process of Warwick Sport we have been looking at what other Universities are doing with their clubs and kit suppliers to see whether or not we were behind, or just how different we were to other campus’, teams and clubs across the UK. It became quickly evident, that most institutions do it quite differently to us.
What did we see?
Well, take a look at this from Loughborough. Apart from me looking like a bit of tourist with my camera, what do you think?
These were my thoughts:
Everyone wears the same kit colour, helping sport to dominate campus.
Teams looked more organized and professional
In reference to sport, the teams appeared intimidating when playing opposition
There was a brand presence on campus, and the kit was a huge part of this.
Club members not only felt a part of their sport but part of a much wider community.
Students bought into sport and recognise Team Loughborough.
Loughborough has many differences to Warwick. Some differences I found were positive, whilst others I returned back thinking, no, Warwick does do that a lot better. Yet this kit business really did leave a lasting impression, it was extremely impressive and Universities are doing it up and down the UK.
So what then… What are you saying/I like my kit thanks very much.
I am proposing that at the bare minimum, all teams should be wearing the same colour. It seems a little absurd that we have blue, red, yellow, purple and many other playing kits floating around on campus. What this kit would look like, the logos on it and the design should be involving all of you in the process within the next year or so. It would be nice to be able to wear and see something with a visible common identity, whilst recognizing what sport you are from.
Casual kits and loungewear could have that same Team Warwick feel as well, kit suppliers can create some really nice bespoke designs for different Universities to wear, again this would be with direction from the support of you guys.
Where are we with this?
At the moment we have started to talk to different suppliers to see what they can actually do. There have been lots of interesting meetings with different companies and we have heard lots from then on an improved service for clothing including promised deadlines, same day deliveries, lower prices, sponsorship, cut backs, bespoke kits, supplying Varsity T’s, same designs for Intra Mural teams and even employing student reps or possibly having a permanent staff member for 1 day a week to help clubs with their demands.
The most important thing to take from this is that no action will be taken without consultation from yourselves.
Kit suppliers cannot always supply clubs with the huge variety of different equipment/kit that you might need, and most always understand this.
You as a club may not want to change your design or colour… this will be taken into consideration as to why and alternative solutions come up with.
To conclude, over the next few months you should look out for seminars that will involve your clubs in kit choices and decisions that we will look to make together. In a recent survey that we did before Christmas that asked for feedback on kit, membership and club prices, the vast majority of you, 70%, though that it was a good idea, and a further percentage, 17%, were happy so long as they could keep a certain amount of club identity.
What do you think of the whole process? Are we over looking anything? Perhaps you hate or love the idea. What concerns do you have? Please share your thoughts!
ADM is visiting Warwick to meet with sports clubs that wish to discuss their clothing requirements for next year on Monday 18th & Tuesday 19th June. If your club wishes to discuss your clubs clothing needs for next year with ADM, you can book a 30 minute slot between 10am & 3.30pm on both days by emailing Peter Parker on P.A.Parker@warwick.ac.uk
Any feedback welcome