English soccer club Southampton FC will sport special edition kits this weekend to raise awareness and money for their in-house charity and the community work it does.
The kits, produced by Hummel, are a white version of their 2021-22 third kit, with embossed graphics of both their old stadium, The Dell, and their new stadium, St. Mary’s. The trim around the thick V-neck collar and the sleeves cuffs is red, as are the manufacturer and sponsor logos, including the Hummel chevrons down the sleeves. The club crest appears in monochromatic red.
The men’s first team will wear the kits on Saturday, Feb. 5, when they play Coventry City in the FA Cup fourth round. Southampton’s women’s team will also wear them on Sunday, Feb. 6, when they play Hashtag United in the Women’s National League Cup.
A total of 500 shirts will be available for fans to purchase at the team store at St. Mary’s and online starting at 10 a.m. UK time on Friday, Feb. 4. These shirts will be packaged in individually numbered presentation boxes and sell for £99 each.
Match-worn shirts from both the men’s and women’s teams will also be auctioned off online, starting the week of Feb. 14.
All the proceeds from jersey sales and auctions will benefit the Saints Foundation, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The foundation runs community programs in Southampton for kids, seniors and every age in between.
“We use the power and passion of the club to transform lives in and around Southampton, helping people fulfil their potential to be more involved, healthier and empowered members of the community.”— Saints Foundation purpose statement
“It’s a privilege to be able to support and celebrate the hard work and life changing projects delivered by Saints Foundation over the last 20 years,” said Hummel UK CEO Mark Underwood on the club’s website. “We look forward to continuing our support of this amazing organisation and the vital work they do for the local community.”
“We’re incredibly grateful to Hummel for providing this fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of our work during what is such a difficult time for all charities,” added Greg Baker, Head of Saints Foundation and Community Partnerships. “The support offered to us by hummel since they partnered with the club last year has been outstanding. This is another prime example of their vision to change the world through sport in action, and we’re proud to work with them to improve lives in our city.”
Feature photo courtesy SouthamptonFC.com