Category Archive: Kit and gear

Team GB football: almost one year on

I was walking to my local shop earlier this week when I saw something I hadn’t seen for some team: a Team GB Olympic football shirt.

The gentleman wearing it appeared to be working up quite a sweat on his bicycle – perhaps a Team GB cycling kit would have been more appropriate – so it is safe to say that it’s not exactly his Sunday best.

Will it be worth his while keeping it? After all, the prospects of a Team GB Olympic team are somewhere between remote and slim, especially in the case of the men’s team.

Although the kit was mass produced, I didn’t see vast quantities of them being worn at the time. Perhaps they didn’t sell as many as most modern football kits. Perhaps the rarity of the occasion coupled with a future rarity of the shirt might add some value.

Then again, the Olympic football tournament never really captured the imagination of the British public. Sure, we wished Ryan Giggs and co well, but the flat atmosphere in the stadium and the flat performances from the team were indicative of the fact that this was a rag-tag bunch thrown together at short notice, expected to get to know each other and build a team in a very short space of time.

It was probably also indicative of the fact that the tournament was not as important as the Premier League or Champions League to those involved, and we knew it.

With that in mind, how could there ever be as much emotion attached as we afforded the likes of Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis? We knew they were performing on the biggest stage of their lives.

On that basis, perhaps the London 2012 Team GB football shirt won’t become a collector’s item and won’t be sought after in the future. There is little to suggest that it will.

So, when the gentleman on the bike has had enough of cycling in his Team GB top, my advice would be to sell your old sports shirt to musicMagpie. It’ll probably be worth more that way.

Boxers in skirts for London 2012

Women boxers at London 2012 could be wearing skirts. The move has been touted in a bid to differentiate the female boxers from their male counterparts.

The Amateur International Boxing Association has asked women boxers to consider opting for skirts, but only two nations – Poland and Romania – adopted the attire for the recent European Championships.

Poland went as far as to make skirts compulsory.

Coach Leszek Piotrowski said: “By wearing skirts, in my opinion, it gives a good impression, a womanly impression.”

A viral video released by Adidas today gives us our first look at some of the kit that Team GB will be wearing at London 2012.

The clothing featured comes from the lifestyle collection, so more warm-up track and going for a stroll in the athletes’ village than competition attire. read more »

Badminton’s world governing body is facing accusations that it is full of chauvinistic shuttlecocks amid reports the skirts will be made compulsory for women competitors at London 2012.

Many of the sport’s top female athletes currently prefer to wear shorts. But that wardrobe choice would see them facing a fine under proposals announced ahead of this summer’s world championships at Wembley Arena and the Olympics. read more »