Kick It Out will conclude its 'Kit 'em Out' design competition, sponsored by BPP, at a prize giving ceremony at the National Football Museum, Manchester on Wednesday, 24 June, 2015.
Young people aged 5-18 years were given the opportunity to design a kit which reflects the identity of their chosen grassroots, community or school team. The winning entry, which will carry Kick It Out's branding, will see their kit produced ahead of the 2015/16 season.
The competition was split into five age bands, with prizes being given to runners-up and winners in each category. Hundreds of entries were submitted from around the country, proving a difficult selection for the panel of 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, which starts from 12pm on Wednesday, 24 June, will provide those in attendance with a chance to explore the museum before a performance from the Every Colour Choir. Kick It Out and the Museum's educational team will deliver a workshop to participants, before the prizes are presented to the winners.
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.”
To learn more about Kick It Out’s education work visit www.kickitout.org/education-and-development or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.