This week, 23 elite English athletes, representing 17 of the 19 Birmingham 2022 sports have come together, virtually, to help design the kit they, and the rest of Team England, will be wearing to compete in a couple of years time.
The athletes were joined on a video conference call by Commonwealth Games board members Aimee Willmott (Gold Coast 2018 gold medallist in the 400 metres individual swimming medley), Ama Agbeze (Gold Coast 2018 gold medallist in netball) and Ali Jawad (Gold Coast 2018 bronze medallist para powerlifting) as well as Commonwealth Games England President and national treasure, Denise Lewis OBE, who said of the activity
“It’s fantastic that athletes have agreed to give up their time and contribute to such an integral part of Team England’s identity.
“The look, feel, and the general WOW factor of the team kit for our home Games in 2022 is so important. When it comes to kit, each sport has specific requirements and needs. Therefore the functionality of the apparel produced has to be right. It’s also important that we look and feel like ‘One Team’.”
To help the process, each of the athletes was sent a pack containing a sketch pad with plain kit outlines, as well as a set of colouring pencils to get creative and experiment with the kit design, before sharing their ideas which each other.
The panel is working with Kukri to design the apparel. This will be the third time Kukri has produced the England kit for the Commonwealth Games, after previously working on designs for Glasgow 2014 and more recently Gold Coast 2018. For the latter, when Team England returned home with 136 medals, a massive 38,000 pieces of kit were produced.
The final kit design will be worn by over 600 athletes and team members at Birmingham 2022 and revealed ahead of the Games.