In the summer Wick Academy FC launched a competition and
wrote to each primary school in Caithness offering every child the opportunity
to design our new away strip. The only constraint was that the strip had to
contain the colours of the newly launched Caithness flag, with amber and blue
taking priority over the black of the home kit.
We were overwhelmed with the response receiving over 300
entries. The ideas the children came up with were fantastic and several of the
designs caught our attention and gave us the inspiration required to be able to
work with our kit supplier, EV2 Sportswear, to come up with a bespoke design.
We picked two competition winners, Isaac Seddon, P3 from
Noss Primary for the jersey, and Matthew Laird, P5 from Mount Pleasant Primary
for the shorts and socks. Both will receive an away jersey with the new design,
and will be invited to be mascots for the launch game.
The new kit will be launched by Anne Dunnett , Lord Lieutenant
of Caithness, who will be in attendance as a piper leads the team out at our
home game against Deveronvale on Saturday the 1st October. The new away top will be available for sale at
the Harmsworth Park that day, and thereafter along with our other Wick Academy
merchandise from Driftwood in Wick and Thurso, who are our new merchandising
outlet following the retirement of Stewart Gunn.
Academy Chairman James Innes said ‘we were literally
astounded by the response and the decision was incredibly hard, some of the
entries must have taken hours to do and we'd like to thank each and every child
who took the time and effort to submit their design' James added, ‘It affirmed
our belief that Wick Academy are a county wide supported team, and to promote
this we have incorporated the Caithness Flag in to the nape of the top' said
James. James went on to express the
Clubs thanks to John Gunn & Co. ‘Stewart
Gunn was our main merchandising outlet for many years and we would like to
thank him for everything he did for us, not only the merchandise sales but also
as ticket seller for our four cup finals, and also our weekly Scorrie Scoop
lottery ticket. We wish him all the very best for a long and happy retirement'.
Some of the
competition entries are pictured below.
A reminder that Wick Academy FC membership fees for current
members are due by September 30th. Any members wishing to continue with their
membership will need to reapply if this deadline date is missed.