Everton have launched their new home kit campaign for the 2012/13 season. The stylish Royal Blue jersey is the Club’s first home kit to feature the famous Nike swoosh, after the global sportswear giant became Everton’s technical partner for next term.
The classic shirt features broad white cuffs and a white v-neck trim, and is made from Nike Dri-Fit fabric which is lightweight and manages perspiration, keeping players dry and comfortable for 90 minutes and beyond. The shirt is also part of Nike’s Considered Design programme aimed at reducing environmental impact, and consists of 100 per cent recycled material.
Supporters can see the Royal Blue home strip in action for the first time this Saturday for the Blues pre-season friendly against Morecambe. The striking 2012/13 black away strip with yellow detail was launched last month as the first offering from Nike and has already proved popular with supporters.
Everton’s player of the year John Heitinga admits he can’t wait to play in the Club’s new Nike home kit. The Dutch defender got a sneak preview at a recent photoshoot, and he told evertontv:
“I am really familiar with Nike kits having played in them for Holland and my previous clubs – they are always slim fit and really nice jerseys. The blue kit is my favourite, it is beautiful kit. I have seen all three and they are all beautiful but the blue shirt is our home colours – the one we play in most often – and I always like to wear our own colours. I think the Everton fans will be really happy with it.”
The kit exists as Nike’s interpretation of Everton tradition, and Tony Hibbert is a fan of its simplicity. He said:
“They are really nice kits. The home is obviously in the blue and white and is plain but traditional. I like it.”
Skipper Phil Neville added:
“It makes you feel good when you look down and see that swoosh on your chest. Players are vain and when you look good and feel good then you play better. This kit looks fantastic and I can’t wait to play in it next season.”
The home kit will be officially launched on Thursday, 19 July with an event at Everton One, adjacent to Goodison Park, where Blues legend Peter Reid will be in store to meet fans as they get their hands on the shirt for the first time.