EVER watched a team on television and despaired at their awful kit and thought: I could design something better than that?
Remember the infamous grey Manchester United shirts, that lasted only half a match as manager Alex Ferguson said they made his players invisible to one another?
Or how about those multi-colour goalkeeper jerseys that were all the rage, that looked as if they were the result of an explosion in a pizza factory?
But now Farnham Town is giving young readers the chance to show off their creative side – by designing the shirts for their third-choice kit next season.
And they are doing it with charity in mind – half the income from shirt sales will be donated to the Phyllis Tuckwell hospice.
The competition is open to any budding designers aged 18 and under. The prize will be to see the Combined Counties club run out and play in the shirts – and the designer’s name will be printed on the sleeve of every one.
Commercial manager Ed Kelsing wants designers to be as bold as possible.
“We don’t want a boring shirt – go mad!” he said.
“Don’t think of traditional shirt colours, or even the traditional club colours. Let’s have the players running out in pink or black or something like that!”
Italian Serie B club Pescara ran a similar competition and the winning design was a dolphin emerging from a wave. It was designed by six-year-old Luigi D’Agostino.
The dolphin is the club’s mascot, while the club said the rainbow represents hope following the coronavirus pandemic.
Kelsing said: “Maybe someone could design something incorporating the castle, or something else in Farnham’s history – who knows?
“We want something big and bold and colourful.
“We think the competition is a wonderful way to help keep youngsters entertained during the lockdown.”
As well as seeing the team play in their design, the winner will also receive a free kit.
The kit will also be available for sale, and Kelsing said the club were hoping to become much more proactive with their merchandise, making it much more readily available to buy, and incorporating an online shop.
To enter the competition, simply design the new kit on a special shirt template.
A template can be downloaded from the club’s website at www.ftfconline.com/news/design-our-new-first-team-kit/
Applications must be in by June 25, 2020, and can be either sent via email to [email protected] or printed out and posted to Farnham Town Football Club, The Club House, Mead Lane, Farnham, GU9 7DY.
Whichever way you enter, make sure you include your name and contact details on every piece of artwork.
Farnham are also hoping to make an announcement soon about a new manager. They said they had a big response following Luke Turkington’s departure and have already held some interviews.