Lancashire firm to kit out Commonwealth team

Walton Summit sportswear manufacturer Kukri has been selected as the official kit supplier to Commonwealth Games England team.

Kukri CommonwealthIt means the company, which also supplies to London Wasps, Australia Hockeyroos and Wycombe Wanderers FC among others, will supply all England delegation and competition kit for the games next year.

The contract will also see Kukri produce an exclusive range of replica team products for England fans and comes after months of consultation and research which included the involvement of a panel of athletes who contributed to the design process.

Founder and group managing director Phil Morris said: "Kukri is incredibly proud that Commonwealth Games England has chosen us, as an upcoming sportswear brand headquartered in Preston, England, to provide their kit.

“It shows just how far we've come since we started in 1999. We're already working very hard to provide our unique style of team identity, through made to order designs and custom fits to the many shapes and sizes of athletes and delegates. They're all going to look great!"

Louise Pullan, Kukri's group product manager, who will be heading up the team to design and develop the full product range to be worn during the games said: "We are over the moon to showcase our ability to provide unique, world class product and designs to a world class team of athletes and delegates on British soil.

“Many of the athletes will know Kukri from their university days and it's an honour to be part of their journey to the games. It's a culmination of years of hard work for us as a team too and we can't wait to be a part of next year's games.”

Adam Paker, Commonwealth Games England chief executive, confirmed the deal saying: "Kit is central to our commitment to provide our athletes with the best possible games experience, and as an English-based company Kukri are very enthusiastic about the project, determined to produce the very best for both our team and our supporters.” Kukri supplies bespoke sports kit for over 76 different sports to teams, clubs, universities and schools worldwide and has offices in nine countries including Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland.