Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme open for applications

School football teams across England and Wales are invited to apply for a brand new kit following the re-opening of the Premier Players’ Kit Scheme.

The scheme, which has provided kits to over 2,000 junior football teams, was launched in 2011 thanks to a fund of £500,000 donated by players from the 20 Premier League teams.

Unfortunately for many Club Website members, the current application window is not open to grassroots football teams, but schools, further education institutions and district representative sides are all invited to apply for a new kit before the window closes on 4 May.

Manchester City and England star James Milner has backed the scheme, speaking from first hand experience of how a new kit can make a positive impact on a school football team.

“I was on the team at Westbrook Lane School a couple of years ahead of my time and the second year I played there I remember we got a new kit,” said Milner, after presenting a kit to Ravensbury Primary School, in the shadow of City’s Etihad Stadium.

“It was maroon and light blue, the school colours, and I remember feeling great to put on a new kit. We were no longer having to rifle through the kit bag, looking for two matching socks, or socks with holes in them!

“So I have experienced myself how a new kit can have a big impact on someone who loves football. But for kids who are not into football or are into fashion, a new school kit might give them an incentive to get into football.

“They could be into football for life from something as simple as getting a new school kit. It can give them the confidence to go out and play football because it makes them feel good and look good.”

Ravensbury Primary School is part of the schools’ sport programme run by City in the Community, Manchester City’s charitable foundation. At the school, Milner chatted to the pupils and got involved in the coaching sessions laid on by the CITC coaches for the schoolchildren.

Announcing this year’s scheme opening, Premier League Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said: “The Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme has been providing kit to junior teams for the past three years and it is great to see this latest supply being made available to schools’ teams.

“The thrill of getting a new school football kit, and the chance to wear the Premier League badge on their shirt, will hopefully motivate children to continue participating in sport, football or otherwise.”

To apply for the Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme, or to find out more, please click here. This application window is open until 5pm on Sunday 4 May.

Eligibility criteria:

• Applications are welcome from any English and Welsh state, academy or free schools, higher education colleges or district representative teams. Public schools are not eligible.

• Applicants must not have received a Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme kit in the previous two seasons.

• Each grant recipient will receive one full-team kit (shirts, shorts & socks).

• A maximum of one grant will be issued per institution.

• Anyone submitting multiple applications will be automatically disqualified.

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11 Comments

  1. Mark rooke on April 24, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Great competition, I run junior teams at walker central fc in Newcastle, it’s always such a tough job getting sponsors in for team kits, balls and training kits etc,
    Competitions like these make things a whole lot easier for coaches if there successful in winning them,
    Top class!!!
    Cheers

  2. Robin knight on April 26, 2014 at 10:35 am

    This kit would make a much appreciated training for my team at penwortham town fc u9 reds, so whilst training & taking part in tournemants we can look that bit more professional and also boosts the players team spirit

  3. Karl Hewison on April 26, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Ysgol bro edern from cardiff is a newly form welsh speaking secondary school and a new kit would be a great help to this new school which currently only has years 8 and 7 but grows each summer by a new year joining.

  4. vantageteamwear.com on May 3, 2014 at 9:14 am

    These competitions are great. My team won a new kit a few years ago through a different source which was fantastic and the boys were all delighted.

    If you are not lucky enough to win but don’t want to pay a fortune vantageteamwear.com has a great range of kits from £11.

  5. shay rowlands on May 6, 2014 at 11:03 am

    winning a premier league will be a great experience for the boys and may help them boosting confidence and to have the badges and names all over the shirt, will make them look more professional

  6. Mike collingwood on August 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    Hi ,
    How do I apply for a new kit for my school ? I’m a primary school teacher from essex .

  7. Sarah Dickson on September 12, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    Hi how could I apply for sponsorship for a free football kit for school?

  8. Michael Sweeney on September 25, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Hi out school Holy Cross Catholic Primary school in leicester have recently joined a Leicester primary school football league and are looking for help towards a new kit or equipment if you could get back to me I would be wry grateful. Kind regards

  9. Paul Maher on October 1, 2014 at 1:14 am

    When does this kit scheme open again?

  10. Carl ellwood on April 1, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    As Secretary of a grassroots club it’s a scandal that my club cant apply for a kit.

  11. Luke Robinson on March 16, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    I’m just curious to whether I will be able to apply for this and if so, when? I currently work at a primary school and the resources are very poor which has left the football team I manage looking unprofessional when turning up to any tournament/game.

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