Jason Kenny, An Inspiration To Us All!

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Jason Kenny, British track cyclist, is a sporting hero in our eyes. At 28 years of age he has achieved a lot and topped it all off at this year’s recent Olympic Games where he took home 3 gold medals.

Jason was only 20 years of age when he won his first gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the Team Sprint. In the 2012 Olympics, he defeated his great rival, the Frenchman Grégory Baugé by winning gold, and won another gold in the Team Sprint also. This therefore means that Jason, alongside fellow track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, holds the highest number of gold medals for a British Athlete. We cannot imagine how amazing that must feel for him.

Jason started competing at a high level from around the age of 15 and grew from strength to strength from then. Born and bred in Bolten, the leisure centre at the Bolten One Complex has now been named after him.

Jason is just one example of hundreds of successful athletes across the world that we can look to for inspiration with our own sporting endeavours. Whether or not we would ever want to compete at professional or Olympic standards, seeing what these people have done and can do, can only motivate us to train that little bit harder and aim that bit higher.

Here at Team Colours we want to see everyone succeed and we love to be able to help you realise your potential. If you would love to get involved in cycling, you can look on the British Cycling website on how to get involved.

If you are already a keen cyclist, involved with a club or team then check out our range custom cycling clothing and see what we can do for you today.

Walking Netball

Have you ever heard of walking netball? Well if not we will tell you all about it here. You never know, it might be exactly the activity that you have been looking to get involved with.

Did you used to play netball when you were younger? Or do you have an injury that stops you from running around as much as you would like? Walking netball is aimed at people like you. It is netball; the rules are more or less the same, but you cannot run, you have to walk. So, basically it is just netball at a slower pace.

Walking netball is great if you are looking for a social sport where you can meet people and get fit and healthy at the same time. It’s important to keep as active as you can as you get older or while you are recovering from an injury, and participating in the game will improve your energy levels and increase your strength and your flexibility.

Because you must walk instead of run, England Netball have recommended some rules which are good to follow to make the game run as smoothly and effectively as possible.

  • The players must have one foot on the ground at all times
  • An extra step can be taken when a player receives the ball
  • A player must receive the ball with one foot on the ground and then take two steps while in possession of the ball before it must be thrown or shot
  • An extra second is allowed while in possession of the ball, which should help improve ball placement
  • A player can throw the ball within 4 seconds of receiving the ball

 

On the England Netball website, they have a netball finder that can help you find out if there is a class near you. If not you could always set up your own club. Having a netball kit would be very beneficial for comfort while playing or for leagues and competitions you may enter with your team. Make sure to look no further than Team Colours who can offer you a wide range of team wear to suit all your needs.

Watch this video to learn more.

 

What Do Your Team’s Colours Say About You?

Choosing a colour scheme for your team is really a very important decision for many reasons, and one that you should take some time and care over. When my team were choosing our colours, we took weeks before finally deciding on the colours that were right for us!

If you are designing your team’s kit, you want it to stand out from the crowd and be noticed, so you need to make an informed decision on the colour/s you choose for the kit. Every colour and shade can represent different emotions and certain associations, so you want to be aware of how your team might be portrayed.

It might help you to look at the colours below and their common associations when making the decision of choosing your team’s colours. It’s also important if you think about how a particular shade or tone of a colour can change its perception or how it changes when different colours are combined together.

RED- strength, defiance, aggression, power, sensuality, attention grabbing

BLUE- coolness, calmness, intelligence, serenity, power, coldness

YELLOW- optimism, friendliness, warmth, fun, alertness, caution, fear

GREEN- balance, harmony, nature, peace, dread

PURPLE- luxury, spiritual awareness, truth, decadence, importance

ORANGE- warmth, comfort, fun, stimulating, caution

PINK- femininity, nurturing, calming or powerful (depends on tone), youthfulness, love

GREY- neutrality, professionalism, tones down other colours, blandness

BLACK- sophistication, glamour, security, menacing, strength, power, oppression

WHITE- peacefulness, reflection, purity, simplicity, sophistication, coldness, elitism

BROWN- seriousness, warmth, nature, earthiness, support, heaviness

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When choosing kit colours, it can be a good idea to get your team together to discuss colour options and to see how your team members perceive different colours. This proved really helpful when I was designing my team’s kit. Here at Team Colours we offer samples and swatches of colours and materials to help you decide!

If you already have a logo or crest for your team, you need to take this into consideration when choosing the kit colours. It might be a good idea if you match the colours to your logo or choose colours that compliment the logo. The placement of colours on the kit can also be important. You don’t want to choose for example, a black colour for the main body of your t-shirt or dress, if your logo is already black, as the logo will just get lost. It is not ideal to have to change the colour or some elements of your logo, just so they can stand out but if you did need any amendments just ask, as one of Team Colours graphic designers will be happy to work with you!

Here at Team Colours , as the name suggests, colour is very important to us. We love being able to let you choose your kit colours and designs and therefore we hope this article can prove to be helpful to you and your team.

The Benefits of Starting an Office Sports Team

There are many benefits to joining a sports team. Sports teams can help you get out and meet new people, get you fitter, healthier and happier. An opportunity which a lot of people tend to miss out on is starting a sports team with people in your office. You may be worried that broaching the idea in the office may be met with groans and half-hearted agreements from your colleagues, but when you look past that, there are a whole host of benefits to starting a sports team with the people in your office. Whatever your reasons for starting a new sports team, make sure you start off properly with high quality custom sportswear for your team.

Get to know your colleagues

How well do you know the person on your left? You may know their name, possibly the name of their other half or beloved pet cat, but how well do you know them personally? If you want to keep your office motivated, knowing how to motivate them is pretty important. What motivates one person may not motivate another, and you won’t get to know what motivated whom until you spend quality time with them – sports is one such way to get to know them personally.

Build team cohesion and morale

One of the reasons we wear school uniforms in the UK is to build team spirit and cohesion. Wearing the same high quality sportswear as your colleagues does exactly the same for your team spirit. If you want your colleagues to think of each other as more than “just the guy from accounting” and inject new life into your team, sticking them on a sports team together is a great way to get the proverbial ball rolling.

A healthy team is a happy team

If you want your staff to stay happy and healthy, locking them in an office from 9-6 every day is not the right way to go about it. Taking every other Wednesday afternoon to go play touch rugby or a friendly game of 5-a-side in the park will get your team on their feet and moving around. There’s no denying the positive effects that sport has on concentration, focus and morale.

It’s a different way of training people

If you’re the boss, team sports are a great way of training your staff. If you’re not the boss, this can be a great way of showing off your management and coaching abilities. Either way there’s a lot that your staff can learn from sports, from stress management to conflict resolution.

Free advertising

If you were to go to the park to kick a ball around, doing so in high quality custom football shirts which show off your company logo is tantamount to free advertising in your community. This is doubly useful when you’re hiring new staff – people are more inclined look into joining a company which is seen to be taking care of its employees like this. If you can find your way into a league with other local businesses, that’s another way to boost your advertising and networking ability.

Top Tips for Becoming a Better Team Player

The most successful sports teams in the world are comprised of individuals who understand that being part of a team isn’t all about them. Being a fantastic team player is an invaluable skill and one that will stay with you for life. Taking part in team sports is a fantastic way to develop these skills. However, being a team player doesn’t come naturally to everyone. Independent and head strong individuals can find it difficult to fit comfortably into a team player environment. Here are Team Colours’ top tips for becoming a better player.

“We”, not “me”

One of the most important aspects of team sports is learning how to be a “we” player rather than a “me” player. You know your own skills and talents, which is why it can be incredibly tempting to simply play a game to satisfy your own ambitions. Counting how many points you’ve scored or how many great tackles you’ve made serves no real purpose for the team, but makes you feel good. This is a “me” player. To become a “we” player you need to always keep in mind that you are just one part of a team and you should be committed to helping the team succeed, regardless of your individual role. Ask yourself this: “Would I be happier if I played really well and the entire team lost, or if I didn’t play as well but the entire team still won?”

Encourage others

A sports team is also a support network, and it’s crucial for players to encourage and help each other. It can be easy to keep to yourself when you’re on a team, but investing time in your team mates outside of the game will make you even stronger during play. Not every player will be naturally motivated to work hard, and some team mates need an extra push. Encourage your team mates to spend time developing their skills as you develop your own. The extra practice will help you all improve and will help boost the confidence of the entire team.

Make sacrifices

It’s important to make sacrifices for your team every now and again. You can’t be the hero of the game all the time. You need to be willing to make sacrifices for your team. This may mean giving your team mate the opportunity to score a fantastic goal or sitting on the bench every now and again to give someone a chance to play. No matter what sport you play, certain sacrifices will not only help you to win, but will enhance your team’s skills. You may not always be thanked for the sacrifices you make, but your team will certainly be a lot better off for your selfless attitude.

Be a fan

You need to be your team’s number one fan. Even when you’re not wearing your custom team kit and you’re sitting on the sidelines, it is important for you to still be able to show your support for your other team mates. Your team will especially need your support when they are not playing at their best and they are beginning to feel discouraged. Keep a positive attitude and cheer on your team. It can be difficult, especially when you are losing, but being able to boost your team’s morale is the mark of a true team player.

Avoid the blame game

When things start to go wrong, it can be all too easy to start pointing the finger at one another. Competitive sports can be highly stressful and bad games can really take their toll on a team. This can often cause fractures in team relationships. It’s important to learn how to stick together and pick each other up after a loss. Nobody is perfect and mistakes will always be made, so there’s no point holding a grudge. Learn how to overcome a loss and correct the mistakes which are causing problems. Every loss is a learning opportunity to help your team improve and a great team player will be able to remember this and stay positive, especially during tough times.