Specialist Sports Partners with Groupe Magellan

Specialist Sports has signed a distribution agreement with Groupe Magellan for the distribution of Prince Tennis and Squash in the UK and Ireland. Groupe Magellan is the official licensee for Prince Tennis and Squash and has great experience in the distribution and production of high-performance sporting goods in Europe. Specialist Sports and Groupe Magellan will work collaboratively to support the partnership with Prince, beginning in April 2022.

“Specialist Sports is delighted to be partnering with Groupe Magellan for the distribution of Prince Tennis and Squash, to propel our racket categories further. Prince is an exciting brand to have on board, due to its incredible heritage and continued product innovation. We are looking forward to growing our businesses together.” Max Holloway, Category Director – Racket Sports, Specialist Sports

“In order to better service and grow our network in the UK and Ireland, we decided to partner with Specialist Sports, a strong and well-established company recognised for reliability, whom we share performance and customer service values with. Specialist Sports makes an ideal addition to our list of distribution partners.” Christophe Michon, European Commercial Director – Racket Sports, Groupe Magellan

The Brand Breaking the Mould: Stretton Fox

Stretton Fox is the protective equipment brand of choice in the world of cricket for professionals and players alike. Born in the summer of 2011, it has since made its’ mark by providing fully mouldable protection to players globally.

Read on to learn more about Stretton Fox.

The Birth of the Brand

Stretton Fox began after founder George witnessed a friend’s son getting hurt at county training. The poor protective guards he was wearing weren’t enough to prevent the impact of the ball, which caused him unnecessary distress.

Not long after, Stretton Fox was born with a mission to provide players with top-tier protection through the combination of luxury and enhanced protective technology. The guards were made available to county-level players and the brand quickly grew in popularity.

Traditional Guards vs Modify Guards

In 2020, the ‘Modify’ range was launched into the UK market, providing players with guards which are fully mouldable to the individual. The guards are thin, lightweight, and designed to wrap perfectly around the player for a rock-solid fit. The detached velcro straps, which come with the guards, allow players to wear the pads how they see fit.

Compared with traditional guards, they offer players a lot more flexibility and the ability to adjust according to their needs. At only 12mm thick, they are at least half the thickness of traditional pads. You may think this results in less protection, but it is quite the opposite. The pads are built with a thin armour plating that cushions the impact of the ball by spreading the impact energy across the pad.

Learn more about the Modify range:

Introducing Luxury Luggage

At the beginning of 2022, Stretton Fox launched their luxury luggage range into the market. The luggage range includes three bags; The Langdon, The Farndon, and The Bowden. Each bag is designed to support players heading to training, games, or weekends away by providing them with a quality bag to carry all cricket equipment.

Each bag is made with a premium canvas upper, highly durable leather handles, and embossed leather logos for a luxury design and feel.

Stretton Fox and Specialist Sports

We began working with Stretton Fox in 2019 to support with the distribution, sales, and marketing of the brand.

We work closely with Stretton Fox to increase the awareness and engagement of the brand by managing their website, social media, and online presence. Our in-house design team captures content for the brand as well as product imagery to support the sales team. Our sales team works closely with accounts across the globe and acts as the key point of contact for all stockists.

For more information about Stretton Fox, please visit StrettonFox.com.

Tips for a Successful Expo

Designing a stand and attending an expo takes an organised and creative team. After attending multiple expos with our Specialist Sports team, we understand the key ways to make our attendance at these as successful as possible. Read our tips to learn more:

Create an Engaging Stand Design

To attract customers to your stand, it should be engaging and align with your overall marketing goals. Highlighting key offers and promotions for example, is an easy way to draw customers onto your stand, if the offer is clear and easily visible.

Working with an event stand designer or a team who has knowledge in events and exhibitions might also help you to consider how you can make your stand work functionally. You might need a changing room if you are selling apparel, or a standing area available when there are high volumes of customers visiting.

Assemble the Right Team

The right team, with the right skills, will help make the running of your event smooth. You will need team members with a mixture of skills including product knowledge, customer service skills, and creativity (for capturing imagery and managing social media).

Prepare Your Teams

The team attending the expo weekend will not necessarily be involved with the planning and preparation required beforehand. In which case, communication about all aspects of the show is imperative to ensure all team members running it are well-prepared ahead of the event.

A document including logistics, roles and responsibilities, and product information will help your team understand everything they need to know about the event and your expectations of them.

A prep call or meeting is a great way to answer any questions your team members may have and ensure they’re absolutely clear about the expo ahead.

Meeting before the expo opens and finishes each day will give your team members the opportunity to raise any questions they have too.

Be Active on Social

Engaging your audience before, during, and after the event will remind attendees of your presence at the expo. Any offers or giveaways should be communicated to increase engagement as well as your event stand location so you’re easy to find.

Find an Innovative Payment Solution

It’s important to find the right payment solution which provides a seamless experience for your customers. We recommend using a mobile solution, which enables all team members to take payments from their own devices – meaning you don’t have a traditional till system where only one customer can be served at a time.

A cashless, dematerialised payment system makes payments quick and easy. You can send receipts direct to customer’s email addresses or mobiles, making the whole process paperless and quick.

Find out more about Square Payment Solution we use here.

Creating value from your attendance, whether that be capturing contacts, achieving revenue, or increasing awareness requires organisation and planning. Being prepared for any event will put you in the best position to be able to achieve your goals.

Learn more about our activation at The National Running Show here.

Specialist Sports on Sustainability

To remain competitive today, businesses across all industries need to integrate sustainability practices into their business strategies. Expectations on businesses have grown. The ‘knowing’ but not ‘doing’ is just not good enough anymore. Simply put, good intentions aren’t enough.

As a business, we understand the need to make changes and improvements in our approach to operate in a more sustainable environment.

Learn more about the steps we are making:

Cycle to Work Scheme

The Cycle to Work Scheme is a government-led initiative that gives employees the opportunity to save 25-39% on a bike of their choice to cycle to work. Not only does this benefit employees as it gives them a cost-saving opportunity, but it promotes a healthy lifestyle and reduces CO2 emissions too.

It’s a sustainable commuter option which, according to CycleScheme, saves 133,442 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year as workers swap their cars for bikes.

For more information, please visit www.cyclescheme.com

Electric Car Chargers & Electric Car Salary Sacrifice

We have a sustainable option for those who would prefer to travel by car, too. We’ve introduced the Electric Car Salary Sacrifice Scheme, to give employees the opportunity to make the move to electric. The salary sacrifice makes this more financially viable as employees pay for their EV lease directly through their earnings.

With electric car chargers installed on the premises, employees can easily recharge at work too. We understand that this isn’t always an option for everyone to do at home, so installing chargers on-site means everyone has an equal opportunity to benefit from the scheme.

For more information about the Salary Sacrifice Scheme, please visit www.wevee.uk/salary-sacrifice-car-scheme

Reusing Packaging Waste

Reducing packaging waste helps save money and the environment, which is why it is a key priority for our operations team. Plenty of cardboard boxes come into the warehouse and go back out to package orders. Instead of using fresh new boxes to package them, we reuse boxes that are still in good condition and able to re-send.

Our operations team is tasked to reuse packaging where possible, and this is observed by our operations management team. Alongside this, shipments are consolidated where possible and paper tape is used on all packages.

Energy-Efficient Lighting

To improve our lighting efficiency in our head offices, we installed PIR lighting sensors, which are motion-activated lights. Using motion-activated lights ensures lighting is only used when needed, enabling us to reduce the amount of energy used every day.

We understand making small changes can make a big difference, which is why we are always seeking new ways to make improvements and educate our team.

adidas on a More Sustainable Future

‘Through Sport we have the Power to Change Lives’

Sustainability is an integral part of adidas’ ‘Own The Game’ strategy which will guide adidas through to 2025. It focuses heavily on sustainability and pushing the boundaries by responding to challenges which endanger the planet and people.

By 2025, adidas aims for nine out of ten articles to be sustainable. This will be achieved by using recycled, renewable, and natural materials.

ADIDAS X PARLEY

On Earth Day in 2015, adidas announced its partnership with Parley for the Oceans [Parley]. Parley is an environmental organisation and global collaboration network addressing major threats to our planet. A new concept shoe made from reclaimed marine plastic waste was showcased at The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to illustrate their commitment to protecting the planet by conserving the oceans.

Fast forward to the present, and adidas has introduced Primeblue and Primegreen performance fabrics which are used to make many adidas products more sustainable.

Primeblue is a high-performance yarn made with 50% parley ocean plastic – upcycled waste intercepted on shorelines and coastal areas, preventing it from polluting our oceans.

Primegreen is made with a series of high-performance recycled materials which contains no virgin plastic.

In 2020, adidas produced more than 15 million pairs of shoes containing Parley Ocean Plastic (a material created from upcycled plastic waste that was intercepted from beaches and coastal communities before reaching the ocean) and are aiming for 17 million in 2021.

Both Primeblue and Primegreen will play a significant role in adidas’ goal to completely phase out the use of virgin plastics and polyesters in all products by 2024 and their aim to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

At adidas, our core belief is that through sport, we have the power to change lives. This becomes particularly relevant when we talk about the impact we have with our sustainability work. We are one of the very few companies that integrate sustainability into their business model, which become most visible in the fact that we take sustainability to the product level.

Kasper Rorsted, adidas CEO

For more information visit adidas.co.uk/sustainability

Working with brands who are focused on sustainability is important to Specialist Sports. Discover the steps we are making to help improve our sustainability here.