Castore Collaborate with Players to Produce High-Performance Training Range for England cricket teams
Last year the ECB and Castore announced a long-term partnership that saw the premium sportswear brand Castore become the Official Kit Supplier to England Cricket. All of England’s national teams – women, disability, pathway and men’s teams – will wear high-performance and bespoke matchday and training kits supplied by the Manchester company from April this year. Today the Training Range was released, the first offering from Castore and ECB with the kits to unveiled in the coming weeks.
Key players from the men’s, women’s and disability teams collaborated extensively with Castore to create teamwear that is specific to the needs of an elite-level cricketer, incorporating specially selected fabrics combined with Castore’s unique construction methods. Athletes such as Joe Root and Jos Buttler of the men’s team, Fran Wilson of the women’s and Chris Edwards of the learning disability team were integral to the design process, helping designers choose design features and fabrics that will elevate player’s performance in training.
The Training collection was designed to enhance performance and ease of movement with fabrics that Castore have used across the highest level of their sportswear. The Training 1/4 Zip is crafted from a high-stretch and recycled poly elastane blend that allows freedom of movement for athletes during training that a conventional garment would not. The material also has moisture-wicking and breathable properties that keeps athletes cool and focused throughout training. The Training Range is the first step in Castore and ECB’s joint initiative to provide England players and supporters with kit that is rooted in sportswear technology and innovation.
Jos Buttler said, “It is really exciting to welcome Castore to the England family and the new training wear looks great. As a Castore athlete I’m already familiar with the premium and technical quality of the kit first-hand. I know the teams are looking forward to wearing it this summer and I hope supporters are too.”
Georgia Elwiss said, “This year is a once in a generation opportunity for the women’s game with the World Cup in New Zealand just gone and the Birmingham Commonwealth Games showcasing women’s cricket for the first time. We’ll be kitted out and ready for it thanks to Castore and I hope we can inspire a new generation to get involved in the game.”
George Greenway said, “It is brilliant that Castore have involved all of the England teams in the process. We have an incredibly exciting summer coming up with Blind, Deaf and Learning Disability Ashes series down under and the new Castore training kit will help us to prepare in the best way possible.”
Tom Beahon, founder of Castore said “When my brother and I founded this business in 2016 it was our ambition to one day have world-class athletes wearing our products and to achieve this ambition with our home nation for the first time is a monumental occasion for us. We can't wait to contribute to the next generation of success for cricket for the men’s and women’s teams in this country.”