Find out what goes into choosing and manufacturing a new set of playing and training kit
This morning saw the launch of Brentford’s new 2016/17 adidas kits for the upcoming Sky Bet Championship season. The Bees will be in their traditional red and white striped shirts, black shorts, and black socks at Griffin Park next season with black shorts, white shorts, and white socks the colours on the road. Ahead of today’s release we caught up with Brentford Kit Man Bob Oteng and he took us through the process of choosing a new playing kit.
“If we take the 2017/18 kit for example, I will start preparing for that in about six weeks’ time,” said Bob, speaking to Bees Player. “I will sit down with adidas and talk to them about colour ways and what we are doing. We will look at what colour ways will be on the matchday kit which will look good for the team and that the supporters will take to. Chief Executive Mark Devlin and Owner Matthew Benham are consulted as well because the orders have to be by the end of October. It is a nine-month lead time for the new training wear to be delivered for the beginning of May. I can prepare and we can cover any shortfalls in the six weeks that the players are off. On the delivery days we are sorting out sizes for individuals. It is about making sure you have enough kit for everybody so that they are not wearing other people’s clothing. It is quite a process and it is almost bespoke for every individual member of staff and player.”
As well as the playing kit for the new season, Bob has also been busy this summer with The Bees pre-season Training Camp in Germany. With players, coaches, and staff all to accommodate, Bob admits that the Training Camp is another huge logistical undertaking before, during, and after the week away.
“Preparation for the Training Camp in Germany probably took me two to three months but it started back in September 2015 when we put in the kit orders for the new 2016/17 season,” said Bob. “I had to factor in the trip, how many people would be going on the trip, the new colours for the training kit and match kit. Planning usually starts nine or ten months ahead of time but when you get into March you start to put things together and seeing what facilities we have. Logistically it is like taking half of Jersey Road to another country with the amount of stuff we have to take for the Training Camp.”