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NETBALL SUPER LEAGUE CHAMPIONS HOPING LIGHTNING STRIKES AGAIN AHEAD OF NEW SEASON

As the upcoming Netball Super League season approaches, Kukri Sports recently caught up with Loughborough Lightning’s star goal shooter Mary Cholhok Nuba and Head Coach Victoria Burgess to discuss their goals for the new season and reflections on their victorious season in 2023.

Loughborough Lightning begin their campaign against Surrey Storm on 17 February, with their new dresses featuring an additional lightning bolt above the logo, representing the number of Netball Super League titles they have won to date.

Take a look at the reveal of their new home dress.

Head Coach Victoria Burgess admitted she is raring to go ahead of the new season. “We are looking forward to defending our title, making history winning the title back-to-back.”

After a pulsating season, Loughborough Lightning were crowned 2023 Netball Super League champions for the second time after their 57-48 win over London Pulse.

Reflecting on the historic win, Mary Cholhok, who finished as the Netball Super League’s top goal scorer, shared her elation, stating, “Winning the championship twice shows a lot of character in each individual on the team.

“We back each other 100% and are relentless in every aspect. I’m excited for the 2024 season and good vibes to come.”

Cholhok’s sentiment echoes through the team, with Head Coach Victoria Burgess attributing their success to unwavering dedication. “Winning the title in 2023 felt like an unbelievable achievement.

“I am proud of the squad and the bravery they displayed across the whole season, consistently performing on the court and supporting each other through adversity off the court.

“I could not be more complementary of the commitment, work rate, and focus of the whole squad.”

Burgess also praised Kukri’s involvement, expressing, “Kukri is a fantastic brand that consistently plays a huge part in our performances each season. “The pride the athletes feel putting on the Lightning dress is inspiring.”

This title-winning season adds another illustrious chapter to Loughborough Lightning’s history, and we take pride in being part of their journey.

We wish the Loughborough Lightning netball team the best of luck ahead of the new season.

Find out more about Loughborough Lightning.

Kukri are also proud partners of Severn Stars, who compete in the Netball Super League, providing all competition and leisurewear for the squad, as well as the franchise’s Under 21’s, Under 19s and Under 17s squads in the National Performance League and Stars’ 10 Nova Academy squads, which helps progress younger talent in the region.

Stars will also be hoping to build from last season, after finishing 6th under the guidance of Head Coach Jo Trip.

Find out more about Severn Stars.

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KUKRI SPORTS: EXPANDING SUPPORT FOR UNIVERSITIES  

As a leading sportswear supplier for universities for over 25 years, Kukri Sports is committed to providing high-quality performance sportswear across a diverse range of sports, helping student athletes reach their full potential.

Over recent years, Kukri has elevated its role beyond supplying elite sportswear, aiming to contribute to the holistic development of athletes, students, and the broader university communities.

Kukri is also investing in scholarships, internship opportunities and hardship funds to empower and nurture student athletes’ development.

More than just a sportswear supplier:

Kukri’s role goes beyond being a standard sportswear supplier, by meticulously curating a range of kits that are tailored to meet the needs of multiple sports, students, staff and members of the Student Union within each university.

Kukri’s commitment is showing in its substantial investment in resources, time and experience dedicated to our partners and the experiences of their students. This is best highlighted over the past year, during which we have actively engaged in the following initiatives:

Scholarship Fund contributions:

A great example of this is with Kukri’s new partner – the University of Worcester.

As part of the deal, Kukri will not only be providing official match apparel and training wear for staff and students, but we’re also supporting the university and its scholarship students with necessary funding for the programme.

Our recent financial contribution to the University of Worcester’s scholarship fund has provided additional support for students, helping them to pursue and achieve their performance-related goals in their selected sports.

Over 61 students are on the scholarship with many benefitting, including second year Sport and Exercise Student, Niamh Williams, who has gone on to represent England U20’s rugby team.

Find out more about the University of Worcester.  

Hardship fund contributions:

Kukri also provide financial support for the hardship funds in place at some other partner universities including Plymouth Marjon University, University of Derby and Team Surrey.

The Hardship funds help to break down financial barriers to participation, encouraging students to participate in sport and physical activity.

Work experience opportunities:

As part of their continued commitment to nurturing talent, Kukri also continues to offer work experience opportunities for students across several partner universities.

The initiative aims to provide students with valuable insights into the sportswear industry, offering hands-on experience and mentorship from different departments.

Kukri is currently hosting Loughborough University BSc Sports and Exercise Science student, Lachlan Anson on a one-year work placement, as well as offering a Graphic Design placement at Nottingham Trent University and Product & Design placement at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Kukri also worked with three Leeds Beckett students in 2021 on marketing internships, providing them with exposure to website development and the fundamentals of digital marketing.

Brand ambassador experience:

In a move to recognise and further support student athletes across multiple sports, Kukri also offers student brand ambassador opportunities, including most recently at Nottingham Trent University.

This opportunity not only provides students with additional kit, but also social media exposure and the experience of collaborating with a sportswear brand to build knowledge on brand development and community engagement.

“Kukri Sports are not just a sportswear supplier to universities, but we’re also striving to build a community where dedication meets opportunity, and every athlete has the support they need to participate in sport,” said Josh Beal, Sales Director at Kukri Sports.

“We’re excited to continue developing our partnerships and contribute to shaping the next generation of sporting champions across the country.”

Kukri Sports has evolved to become a trusted partner for universities, schools, clubs and teams around the world. We are committed to providing elite sportswear that enhances the performance and identity of athletes across various sports, as well as providing additional support for university students beyond the field.

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Kukri Sports Extends Partnership with Field Hockey BC for Two More Years

Kukri Sports is pleased to announce the extension of its longstanding collaboration with Field Hockey BC, marking over a decade of successful partnership. Under this renewed agreement, Kukri will continue to provide high-quality sportswear for all representative teams, catering to the needs of athletes, staff, and coaches both on and off the field.

“Field Hockey BC has both fostered and enhanced a formal partnership with Kukri Sports for well over a decade. On behalf of the Society, I cannot emphasize how beneficial it can be to work in partnership with a Company that show the willingness to not only understand unique customer needs but where feasible truly embrace an organized sports value proposition to its participant membership.

The Kukri Sports apparel lines are of exceptional quality offering the ability to choose designs, fabrics, and cuts across what is often a diverse audience and associated price point. From an operational standpoint, customer service and patience of service is essential, and Kukri Sports offers the highest standards of customer care. The team at Kukri Sports represent an experienced, knowledgeable, and innovative apparel solution to Field Hockey BC’s desire for standardization, customization, choice, and affordability.

Why a partnership for so many years? It’s simple, Kukri Sports values partnership and as a partner is prepared to go above and beyond to deliver an exceptional outcome.” Mark Saunders, Executive Director, Field Hockey BC

Jamie Williams, Vice President – North America, Kukri Sports commented “We are delighted to have extended our long-standing partnership with Field Hockey BC, who were one of our first major partnership signings having entered the Canadian marketplace over 10 years ago.  Our partnership aims to provide value for all levels of Field Hockey Athletes within BC. 

One of the initial requirements we were tasked with was developing a unique identity for the program that would stand the test of time and ensure athletes were instantly recognizable, so it is great to see that 10 years later after multiple fabric and product developments the overall look and identity of the program, whether it be staff or athletes is still cohesive and consistent with their brand requirements.”  

Field Hockey BC serves as the Provincial Sports Organization (PSO) dedicated to the support and development of field hockey in the province of British Columbia – Find out more

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Kukri Sports Under New Ownership

In a significant strategic move, Kukri Sports has been acquired by the businesses Group Executive Chairman Andrew Ronnie, marking a new era for the renowned sportswear brand. This management buyout sees Andrew Ronnie taking the reins from the previous majority shareholders.

With a commitment to encouraging growth and innovation, this transition is poised to usher in a bright and promising future for Kukri Sports. The buyout ensures a seamless continuity for the brand’s esteemed partners, while also paving the way for new opportunities and pioneering initiatives in the bespoke sportswear market.

Kuits Solicitors, played an instrumental role in overseeing the legal aspects of the sale, ensuring a smooth and efficient transition of ownership.

NatWest bank have provided financial assistance, aiding the transition and are committed to support the business with its future endeavors.

Commenting on the acquisition, Andrew Ronnie stated, “Acquiring Kukri Sports is a significant milestone in my journey. Having been with the business for many years I am deeply committed to building on the brand’s legacy and steering it towards a future filled with growth, innovation, and unparalleled quality. With the support of our partners and the dedication of our team, I am confident that Kukri Sports will continue to thrive and set new benchmarks in the industry.”

The management buyout underscores a strategic vision aimed at harnessing the brand’s potential, capitalizing on emerging market trends, and reinforcing Kukri Sports’ position as a leader in the Global bespoke sportswear market.

CELEBRATING A YEAR OF INNOVATION, GROWTH AND SUCCESS IN 2023

With the curtain closing on another year, Kukri Sports is proud to celebrate some remarkable achievements and collaborative victories in 2023.

As the industry leading choice for athletes and teams around the world, Kukri has not only strengthened its position in the market, but has also continued to forge meaningful partnerships that underscores its commitment to excellence.

A year of innovation and growth

Kukri continued to innovate and enhance its product offerings in 2023, introducing cutting-edge fabrics, advanced performance features and stylish designs that fuel athletes’ performances at all levels.

Groundbreaking partnerships

Kukri’s commitment to supporting athletes across a wide range of sports resulted in exciting partnerships throughout the year.

The collaboration with Special Olympics saw the creation of individual kit for 82 athletes, 35 coaches and eight support staff for this year’s World Games. The partnership continues to promote inclusivity and diversity in sport, whilst helping to provide innovative and cutting-edge sportswear to help athletes break participation boundaries. Read more here.

Furthering its commitment to the education market, Kukri also joined forces with a variety of universities and schools, including Plymouth Marjon, University of Exeter and Dean Close School.

Kukri also extended its global reach with partnerships with international sports federations and organisations. A recent partnership with Barbados Olympic Association has seen an exciting new chapter, in which we played a pivotal role in shaping the identity and image of their teams competing in this year’s CAC Games El Salvador Dominican Republic and this year’s Commonwealth Youth Games.

Financial growth around the world

Kukri’s subsidiaries have also had a very successful year. Robust growth has not only contributed substantially to the overall revenue but has also diversified Kukri’s market presence.

Memorable moments for partners

2023 also saw some memorable moments for Kukri’s partners. Somerset County Cricket Club triumphed to win this year’s Vitality Blast, whilst Loughborough Lightning Netball team claimed their second Netball Super League title with a 57-48 win over London Pulse.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JULY 15: during the Vitality Blast T20 Final between Essex Eagles and Somerset at Edgbaston on July 15, 2023 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Amongst other achievements, England Lacrosse Senior Womens and Men’s were crowned Home International Champions, British Wheelchair Basketball’s Men’s team reached the IWBF World Championships final, Hong Kong China men won the Hangzhou Asian Games Rugby Sevens and Rugby School won their U18 rugby double header against Barbarian FC, bringing their bicentenary celebrations to an end in style.

Ambassadors continue to shine

Kukri is also pleased to have announced its new selection of Youth Talent Programme Ambassadors, in conjunction with England Athletics. Find out more.

One of the ambassadors, Amy Thompson, continues to raise awareness in her role about the misconceptions and importance of showcasing disabled athletes in sport. Amy was also crowned Ambulant shot-put champion at this year’s England Athletic Open and Senior Para Championships.

Our International Beach Volleyball Ambassadors, the Bello Brothers, have also had a successful year. Javier & Joaquin Bello were crowned UK Beach Tour champions for the fourth consecutive time this year, whilst also achieving bronze at the Beach Pro Tour in Goa, India, in October.

Find out more about our Ambassadors.

Reflecting on this year, Andrew Ronnie, Group Executive Chairman at Kukri Sports, said “I am thrilled to celebrate another successful year for Kukri Sports. Our commitment to innovation, partnerships, and sustainability has propelled us to new heights. We are very grateful to our partners, athletes and customers for their support, and we look forward to continuing to shape the future of sports next year.”

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KUKRI SPORTS’ PARTNERS SHINE IN THIS YEAR’S DUBAI SEVENS TOURNAMENT

Kukri Sports is proud to highlight the outstanding achievements of its partners teams at this year’s Dubai Sevens Tournament.

The Tournament, held at the iconic Sevens Stadium from 1-3 December, showcased thrilling matches and fierce competition, with eleven of Kukri’s partners in the Middle East competing.

Kukri played a pivotal role in supporting its partners with swift deliverability and dynamic designs, collaborating closely with partners to create 24 innovative and cutting-edge kit designs for the tournament. This remarkable feat was achieved within demanding time constrains of only two weeks, demonstrating our commitment to excellence and dedication to helping our partners to achieve their goals.

Read more about Kukri’s support.

In an all Kukri final, Dubai College U19 boys were crowned winners of the 2023 U19 Gulf Cup after beating Dubai English Speaking College in a thrilling encounter. This came a year after Dubai College’s U19 girls were crowned U19 Gulf Cup winners in their debut at the tournament last year.

Amongst other notable achievements for our partners, Thursday Night Lights reached the semi-final in the Gulf Men’s Social, while Bahrain RFC’s Men’s 1st XV secured a commendable fourth-place finish in the Gulf Men’s League.

Making their debut in the tournament and first time playing as a team, The Club Abu Dhabi reached the quarter-final of the plate and British School Al Khubairat’s boys rugby team reached the cup semi-final.

Kukri would also like to congratulate its other partners’ teams on their performances throughout the tournament.

Reflecting on the tournament and partners’ achievements, Chris Marshall, Global Brand Director at Kukri Sports, said “We are very proud of the outstanding performances of our partner teams at this year’s Dubai Sevens Tournament. Their achievements underline the commitment to excellence shared by both our brand and these athletes.

“We’ve really enjoyed collaborating with them closely to create new designs that not only captured the teams’ identity, but made the players feel at their best when participating. We look forward to continued success together and providing support for a variety of teams for next year’s tournament.”

Kukri is committed to providing high-quality, innovative sportswear that empowers athletes to perform at their best. The success of our partner teams at the Dubai Sevens Tournament serves as a testament to our dedication to supporting athletes in achieving their goals at all levels across a wide range of sports.

Are you looking for a new bespoke sportswear provider?

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With a relentless commitment to excellence and expertise in creating personalised designs, we are the ideal partner to help you achieve your sporting goals.

Contact us here to find out how we can empower your team.

WELSH GYMNASTICS’ TRAMPOLINE STAR PREPARES TO DAZZLE AT UPCOMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

As the Welsh Trampoline/DMT Championships edge closer, Kukri Sports recently sat down with accomplished trampoline gymnast, India Marshall, as she shared an insight into her gymnastics journey and aspirations in an exclusive interview.

Reflecting on her journey in gymnastics, India said, “I saw it on TV and just decided to take it on and have loved it ever since.” This love for the sport has driven her to impressive heights, including a standout moment in 2016 when she triumphed to claim Individual and Team Gold at the Junior Commonwealth Championships in Namibia.

I was shocked because I was against other women who were incredible and didn’t think I stood a chance, but winning the team medal for Wales was an amazing feeling with a great group of girls.

The upcoming Welsh Trampoline/DMT Championships, which will take place at Sport Wales on Sunday 10 December, hold special importance for India, who shared her preparation strategy ahead of the event. “Leading up to the Championships, I have been really focusing on developing confidence and competence linking multiple doubles and increasing my height.

“My main skill-based goals are to increase my confidence and increase my time of flight. I have been working a lot this year on my competition mindset and figuring out what works for me in terms of focus and preparation.”

India also emphasised the importance of mental aspects of competition preparation, stating, “Finding enjoyment outside of training and making time for myself has also been imperative in maintaining focus throughout the last 5 weeks of competition prep.

“In trampolining, you have to be so patient and trust the process, things don’t happen at the click of a finger. You have to be disciplined, keep going and turning up to training and if things aren’t going right, take a step back and go again.”

As she approaches the Championships, India remains focused on her goals, both in terms of skills and mindset. “I just want to keep enjoying and loving it. I want to keep going and pushing myself, hopefully compete in more Internationals in the future, and the Olympics would be awesome too.

“I love the sport and love competing, so reminding myself I have the choice to turn up to training every day helps me maintain my focus and discipline.

“Learning isn’t linear, and knowing I train and compete because I want to is a massive factor in my motivation.

“As long as I’m enjoying it and my body allows me to do it, I’ll keep going.”

Kukri have been a proud partner of Welsh Gymnastics for a number of years, providing bespoke leisure and podium wear for all performance programmes, national teams and squads.

Kukri, who extended its deal with Welsh Gymnastics in 2022, continue to work on advancing the style, fit and performance of the kit range to ensure gymnasts can unleash their greatness in training and respective competitions.

Find out more about Welsh Gymnastics.

As an elite multi-sports sportswear supplier, we are committed to providing athletes and teams at all levels with high-quality and cutting edge performance wear.

We support all athletes in their pursuit of greatness at all levels, and wish our partner’s gymnasts the best of luck competing in the Welsh Trampoline/DMT Championships this weekend.

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ACHIEVEING SWIFT DELIVERY WITH DYNAMIC DESIGNS AT THIS YEAR’S DUBAI SEVENS TOURNAMENT

This year, eleven of Kukri Sports’ partners, based in the Middle East, will be competing in the Dubai Sevens Tournament. As their official Kit supplier, Kukri has played a crucial role in facilitating the participation of their partner’s teams.

Starting on 1 December, the Dubai Sevens is annual sporting event held at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai, UAE. Find out more about the Dubai Sevens

A number of Kukri partners are competing in the tournament, such as Bahrain RFC, Dubai College & Victoria International School.

A proud achievement from last year’s tournament was the success of our partner Dubai College, when their U19 Girls Team were crowned Gulf U19 Girls winners in their first year competing in the tournament.

In the lead up to this year’s prestigious event, Kukri faced various challenges:

Design Challenges

Kukri are renowned for an ability to create truly bespoke designs across multiple sports. This year posed a special challenge as the team was tasked with developing distinct kit on and off-field designs for each of the partner’s teams, spanning rugby, netball, and cricket, whilst catering for various age groups.

Collaborating closely with the partners, the design team meticulously crafted concepts that precisely aligned with the specific needs of each participating team, combining innovation with cutting-edge designs. In total, the projects resulted in the creation of 24 individual kit designs for the tournament.

Production Challenges

The team also faced the task of producing limited production runs exclusively for the participating teams, all within demanding time constraints of only two weeks.

To meet this challenge, they collaborated diligently with print factories in the UK, ensuring the delivery of high-quality products within flexible timelines.

We are incredibly excited to support our partners at this years’ Dubai Sevens tournament,” said Chris Marshall, Global Brand Director at Kukri Sports.We have been working closely with them to understand the performance requirements of the garments and at the same time capture the unique identity of each individual team.

Our sportswear is designed to help athletes reach their full potential, and we are proud to provide our partners with cutting-edge training and match wear they need to thrive throughout the tournament.”

We wish our partners competing the best of luck and are proud to fuel their journey towards greatness in Dubai’s most prestigious competition.

Find out more about our partners

Are you looking for a bespoke sportswear provider?

As a leading global bespoke sportswear provider, Kukri can support all teams from grassroots to elite level across a wide variety of team sports.

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Young Sports Person of the Year Named New Kukri Sports YTP Ambassador

Kukri Sports are pleased to announce that Ayesha Jones, who was recently crowned Sporting Equals Young Sportsperson of the Year whilst representing England, has been selected as a new Youth Talent Programme Ambassador for the 2023/24 Athletics season.

Ayesha, a rising star in athletics, has enjoyed great success over recent seasons in her discipline, javelin, after becoming a Commonwealth Youth Games Champion and record holder at this year’s games in Trinidad & Tobago, throwing an impressive 52.49m.

Ayesha, a Commonwealth Youth Games champion, is thrilled about her new role and the opportunity to inspire younger athletes. “When I was contacted and asked if I wanted to become a Kukri Sports YTP Ambassador, I felt honoured. To be able to have Kukri’s trust and support in becoming an ambassador and being able to represent the brand moving forwards is incredible.”

Ayesha, who will be joined by five other ambassadors selected by Kukri Sports for the 2023/24 Athletics season, continues to break records after enjoying successful 2022 and 2023 seasons.

Speaking on her recent achievements, Ayesha admitted she’s ‘living a dream’ and paid testament to her family. “Being in environments with other top athletes from around the world is something I will always cherish, as well as becoming a Commonwealth Youth Games champion.

“Winning the title for my discipline was something I wanted since I heard about the selection, and to be able to achieve it as well as setting a new games record was surreal.

“I’ve missed family events or left events early to go training, but I know they understand and are all proud of me for what I have achieved up to this point. Succeeding the way I have is showing me what I do is something to be proud of.”

Moving forwards, the recently crowned Sporting Equals Young Sportsperson of the Year award is hungry for more success. “Hopefully I can become an England Senior athlete. Representing my country and myself at the World Championships as well as the Olympic Games.

“My ultimate goal is to continue to perform to the best of my ability and being recognised, not only as a progressing athlete but also reaching Senior Level.”

Commenting on the news, Josh Beal, Sales Director at Kukri Sports, said “We are delighted to welcome Ayesha as a new Youth Talent Programme Ambassador. We’re looking forward to supporting her in future competitions and believe she will be a great role model for younger athletes.”

The Youth Talent Programme, in conjunction with Kukri’s partner, England Athletics, is the first key step on the Talent Pathway designed to identify, develop and support athletes and para-athletes from aged 16+ who have the potential to represent England and Great Britain at domestic and international competitions in the future.

Click here to find out more about the Youth Talent pathway.

The partnership between Kukri Sports and England Athletics with the Youth Talent Programme Ambassadors promises exciting developments. Stay tuned for upcoming events, collaborative content and more coming soon.

Kukri Sports are proud to be partnered with England Athletics and are committed to providing athletes with the products and support they need to perform at their best. We’re also proud to support the England Athletics Youth Talent Programme and to help young athletes reach their full potential.

Click here to find out more about England Athletics.