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    Posted: 05 Jan 2011 at 13:20
Hi all,
 
I am looking at trying to get some kit for the social sides in my club and I have never done anything like this before! Soo I was wondering if anyone here has any experience in buying a large amount of kit for a team.
 
I'm looking for a training t-shirt, waterproof top and a matchday polo t-shirt for 2 of the teams and just a matchday polo for another 2 teams. So 50 waterproofs, 50 training t shirts and 100 matchday t shirts.
 
I've had a look on the websites of the major rugby kit suppliers (samurai, kukri, kooga etc..) and can just find individual items.
 
Does buying in a bulk order help with getting a discount? How much would people expect to pay for this?
 
How much extra does it cost to get a badge and some text printed or embroidered on?
 
Has anyone had any experience with any of these companies and how long do they normally take to deliver?
 
Can you order and pay on delivery or is payment in advance?
 
Does anyone know of any smaller firms who might be willing to do a deal with us?
 
Has anyone got any experience of getting a sponsor to help out if they get their name printed on the kit as well? How much would you normally expect a sponsor to contribute?
 
Thanks for all your help...
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 2011 at 15:09
http://www.akumarugby.com/
"Akuma rugby
specialise in bespoke rugby kit and rugby teamwear"

They're pretty good, got a sevens kit that was escellent and came with a bunch of extras for a reasonable price.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Jan 2011 at 15:44
Try  www.badger-rugby.com
Uk based so delivery = quick.  did us proud, kniow what they are doing re logos etc etc
Bulk orders def make a difference
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jan 2011 at 11:24
Thanks guys,

those companies look good and hopefully should deliver a lot quicker than the southern hemisphere ones as we probably won't have raised enough cash till May/June time. They were looking at 8 weeks minimum.

Willtopps - What were the extra's that came with the sevens kit? (also might be looking to get some of that as well)

Any idea how much more expensive it would be to get stuff individually initialled?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jan 2011 at 12:00
Try these guys http://www.kitsports.com/ My son plays for their 7's sponsored team Kit Sports Crusaders, and he says the owners are a good bunch of lads.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jan 2011 at 12:03

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As a general piece of advice, if you are placing an order for bespoke kit do not expect any kit supplier to meet contractual deadlines for kit delivery unless that company sources it's kit from a manufacturer whose production facilities are based in the UK.

In our experience that rules out every major brand kit supply company since they ALL (whatever they tell you) source production from outside the UK for profit reasons. The only exception is Kooga who source their die-sublimated shirts from Supersport (see below).

For example, the last time my club did the research (Autumn 2009), there were only two die sublimated shirt suppliers with manufacturing plant in the UK, Badger & Supersport, both give good service and as manufacturers are in control of their production facilities.

Die-sublimated shirts have sponsor logos & club badges printed as part of the production process, once the artwork is done it costs no more. Conventional shirts require logos & badges to be embroidered, patched or screen printed on each shirt, there are additional charges for each ranging from £1.50 to £3 per logo.

Our experience would indicate that die sublimated shirts last longer and are cheaper in the long run.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2011 at 08:27
Originally posted by Elma Fudd Elma Fudd wrote:

Thanks guys,

those companies look good and hopefully should deliver a lot quicker than the southern hemisphere ones as we probably won't have raised enough cash till May/June time. They were looking at 8 weeks minimum.

Willtopps - What were the extra's that came with the sevens kit? (also might be looking to get some of that as well)

Any idea how much more expensive it would be to get stuff individually initialled?


The sevens kit came with a t-shirt, hoody, vests and golf visors, but you can make up your own bundle when you talk to the rep. They do waterproofs, rain coats etc.

I think the lead time on ours was pretty good and all our shirts had individual names on the back, although I've no idea how much that cost as I didn't organise it.

Personally I wouldn't order any kit that wasn't made by a reputable brand - Canterbury, Nike, Akuma, O'Neills, Samurai etc as I remain convinced that being cut rate kit made by no name companies is a false economy - it simply doesn't cut it and doesn't last.

I wouldn't go with Kukri if you want a quick turn around, they're notorious for taking an age to deliver the product although they are generally pretty high quality. During my college days we used to order our kit in march for the following season and it never arrived before November. My University also got their kit through Kukri this season and I'm told by the lads I know who are still there that they're still waiting on it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2011 at 10:50
http://www.korusports.co.uk/

These guys specialise in packages like that and have done a lot of club sides in Kent, several universities and a couple of sevens teams.

I got a 7s kit off them in the summer very quickly (4 Weeks IRC)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2011 at 11:36
Quote I wouldn't go with Kukri if you want a quick turn around, they're notorious for taking an age to deliver the product although they are generally pretty high quality. During my college days we used to order our kit in march for the following season and it never arrived before November. My University also got their kit through Kukri this season and I'm told by the lads I know who are still there that they're still waiting on it.

Ditto Samurai


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2011 at 13:36
Badger is the way to go for quick turn around and they can sort most things through their network of local manufacturers

you can watch the stuff being made and then take it home with you
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2011 at 14:24
Some great companies here guys, thanks very much!!

It seems the general consensus is to stay away from kukri and samurai due to the length of time it takes to get the kit!

I will spend the next few days getting some quotes and let you all know how I've done.

Thanks everyone!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2011 at 15:11
Has anyone used Phil Vickery's company Raging Bull?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jan 2011 at 16:53
Personally I don't like the Raging Bull kit but I have had some. A rugby league side I played for got their kit from RB and the turnaround seemed pretty quick, although they may have ordered well in advance of letting us mere players know about it.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 01 Mar 2011 at 17:10
Elma ??
 
how did you get on ?
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