First look at Team Isle of Man’s kit

Cyclist Tom Black, swimmer Laura Kinley, shooter Tim Kneale

Cyclist Tom Black, swimmer Laura Kinley, shooter Tim Kneale

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Sportswear firm Kukri is supplying the kit for Team Isle of Man’s Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games squad.

Kukri’s association with island’s national team goes back to when they provided the kit for the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune, India.

In addition to providing sportswear to some of the leading Commonwealth Games teams - including Team Isle of Man and Team England - the company is also a leading supplier to amateur and professional teams in cricket, hockey, football, rugby league and rugby union.

Currently the company’s sportswear is worn by Lancashire and Somerset county cricket clubs and the London Wasps rugby union team.

Juliet Holt, president of the Isle of Man Commonwealth Games Association, said: ‘We’re very pleased that Kukri will be supplying our team kit for Glasgow 2014. This continues a successful association as they supplied our kit for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and for the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games in Pune and the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games here in the Isle of Man.

‘When our Team Isle of Man squad walks into Celtic Park for the opening ceremony on July 23, 2014, there could be as many as one billion viewers watching them on TV.

‘It’s vitally important that our team presents the right image for the Isle of Man, hence the decision to choose a leading kit supplier in Kukri.’

The design of tracksuits and casual wear for competitors and officials has been finalised, and Team Isle of Man will wear the blue, yellow, and red Kukri casual apparel for the teams’ parade at the opening ceremony.

Some details are still to be confirmed about the design of competition kit for some of the sports in which Team Isle of Man will be represented at Glasgow 2014.

A capacity crowd of 60,000 is expected to be in Celtic Park to watch the ceremony organised in collaboration with Jack Morton Worldwide, which is the company that organised the opening and closing ceremonies for the Athens 2004 Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games in Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006, as well as the critically-acclaimed ceremonies at the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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