Our columnist ponders how many talented players have been lost to hockey at a young age due to a lack of comfortable sports kit available
Last year, I started looking into an on-pitch requirement which as far as I know had previously been kept at arm’s length from athletes in terms of insight – our playing kit. I don’t think GB or England Hockey athletes have ever been involved in talks with our apparel suppliers over the feel, sizes and material.
We began by redesigning the kit and colours, but didn’t have much to work off, just the adidas website, and we first wanted to differentiate the England and GB kit where the colours were too similar.
This year, I asked team-mate Tess Howard to join me. After all, her dissertation had focused on how girls’ experiences in sport were affected by the kit they were wearing and the limited options available to them. In an eye-opening survey of more than 400 women, Tess found that over 75 per cent saw school girls drop out of sport due to uniform and body image concerns.
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