Students ‘road test’ Nike gear

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A group of Myerscough College Football Studies students recently got the chance to be consultants for major sports equipment manufacturer Nike.

Experts from the globally successful company came over from their base in the US to visit the College where they picked the brains of the students, asking them for their thoughts and opinions on several new products including boots and footballs.

The students tested the equipment on the College’s state-of-the-art 3G sports pitch and were then invited to be honest and candid with their views on the new equipment as well as offer their ideas on where improvements could be made. The first visits saw all the football students given pairs of the latest, top of the range boots for testing, while the most recent trip concentrated on designing next year’s Premier League ball.

Afterwards, the students were overjoyed when Nike kindly left behind several Hi-Viz T-90 Premier League footballs for the students to use throughout the season.

Assistant Head of Sport for FE and HE, Gareth Evans, was responsible for the visit, he commented: “The College has always enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Nike and this latest visit from some of their best consultants was a fantastic opportunity for our students to learn more about the work that goes on behind the scenes in producing top quality sports gear.

“All the students really enjoyed the experience and what was really satisfying was that you could see that the Nike experts really appreciated and took note of some of the excellent feedback they got from them. Being given the balls was simply the icing on the cake and I’m sure we will put them to great use throughout the season.”

Nike Premier League Service Manager, Rob Mitchell, added: “We were delighted to be able to get the chance to come into Myerscough College and tell them about what we do as well as get their input on some of our latest equipment. It is from talking to footballers themselves that you often get the best feedback and this proved true yet again!”