The Weekly Stripe – 28.05.21
After one of the shortest and most uncertain years in its history, the English Football League season successfully concludes this weekend. As with every new season, we witnessed new waves of innovation within the sport, but this creativity is not simply confined to the pitch. In our latest Weekly Stripe, we explore some of the innovations that have emerged from the many outlets of The Beautiful Game.
The arrival of new team kits is the perfect antidote for post season blues, and we’ve already seen a few in action. Whereas most sporting apparel is inspired by the latest in cutting edge performance technology, Chelsea FC’s new kit is inspired by a sixty year old artistic movement.
The Kiyan Prince foundation was founded in memory of the promising young footballer, who was fatally stabbed 15 years ago. In memory of the young star, a campaign aimed at stamping out knife crime sees Kiyan’s memory live on through his arrival as a virtual star player on the latest instalment of the FIFA video game.
Mundane to some; exhilarating for others. From its conception as a pet project from two brothers cooped up in their bedroom, to a messy corporate divorce that transitioned into a public relations war, Football Manager has managed to remain at the forefront of an incredibly niche industry.
The subject of sustainability has gained significant momentum within the football industry over the past few years. The origins of the movement will not however be found within the footballing strongholds of London and Manchester, but rather in the middle of the Gloucestershire countryside. Forest Green Rovers’ eco-revolution ranges from a zero-carbon 100% wooden stadium, to an all-vegan menu in the club canteen.
The arrival of new owners to a football club can be a contentious affair. Often hidden behind a veil of mystery and keen to avoid the spotlight at all costs, they have not always seen eye to eye with a devoted fanbase. The new owners of Wrexham A.F.C (part of the EFL) however, are no strangers to the spotlight. In fact, it is their wealth of experience in the spotlight, that they hope will take their new club to the next level.