The judging for the first 10 winners of Host Your Kit was almost as exciting as the semi-finals of the Champions League….a game of two halves, red cards, missed opportunities, and extra time needed before the final whistle blew!
However our panel finally managed to choose 10 worthy winners who will get to wear a brand new adidas kit from iomart Hosting and our retail partners Greaves Sports for next season.
HYK Gaffer was lucky enough to be given exclusive access to the judges’ dressing room.
It took almost two hours to read through the email entries, look at the accompanying photos and watch the videos that had been sent in. At that stage several teams were relegated to the subs bench – because they had only written about their team but hardly anything about why their team actually deserved a new kit.
After tea and biscuits and the odd pie at half time, the whistle blew for the second half.
This was when the judges had to be brutal. Putting aside entries that though very deserving, just lacked that little bit of magic that made them stand out from the crowd.
There was pacing up and down the touchline, words exchanged and one judge was even banished to the stands. The deliberations were tough and went right down to the wire but these are the teams that scored with the very last kick of the ball.
Congratulations go to:
- Ancrum Juniors FC U14s from Jedburgh in the Borders
- Berner FC U12s, Tower Hamlets, London
- Charlestown United U14s, St Austell, Cornwall
- Jeanfield Swift Girls FC U11s, Perth, Scotland
- Lumley Gateway FC U16s, County Durham
- Mile Oak Wanderers U13s, East Sussex
- Netherne Falcons FC U13s, Surrey
- Port Glasgow Juniors BC U13s girls, Glasgow
- Rainham Eagles U13s, Kent
- Scotton Scorchers U15s from North Yorkshire.
The chairman of the judges, iomart Hosting’s marketing director Phil Worms said: “We had entries from boys’ teams, girls’ teams and several disability teams from all over the country and it was incredibly hard to pick the winners. However in the end the ten teams who triumphed all stood out. They showed us that even in these difficult economic times when money is tight, football can still bring communities together and put a smile on the faces of the adults and children who get involved. Well done to all of them and we hope that winning a new kit gives them a real boost.”
Charlie Mulgrew and Emma Fernon, our two Scottish international ambassadors, also passed on their congratulations.
Charlie said: “There were some cracking entries. I wish the winners and all the teams who entered the best of luck for the future.”
Emma said: “I was delighted to see so many entries from girls’ teams. The winners are all a credit to football and I wish them lots of success.”
Sandy Greaves, CEO of Greaves Sports, said: “Congratulations to all those who took part. We hope that wearing a top quality kit gives the winners a reason to feel immensely proud when they step out on the pitch.”
So that’s the first round of Host Your Kit over.
We promise that Sky Sports’ Geoff Shreeves won’t be calling the unlucky clubs to inform them of our decision.
It’s still all to play for with another 20 kits up for grabs over the next few months.
HYK Gaffer is now off to get a rub down from the physio before the second round kicks off!
The HYK Gaffer