The inspiring message hidden in the new Matildas uniform

The inspiring message hidden in the new Matildas uniform

“They can take this with them on the pitch in France, inspiring both themselves and their supporters”.The players during the media reveal in Melbourne.Tucked inside the collar of the Matilda’s brand new kit, the first-ever designed wholly for the national team, are three words: “Never Say Die”.

 

So subtle are they, their presence will remain almost invisible to most of us, including the thousands of loyal, roaring fans, cheering from the stands next month, when they debut the new uniforms in contradiction of the US. But for the players put on them, these three small words carry influential meaning: a reference to the team’s rallying cry, signalling dogged determination, relentless optimism and a fight-to-the-proverbial-death sort of sportsmanship. And given the hype around the current squad, touted to maybe be the best female sporting team in Australian history, this appears apt.

 

Sam Kerr, the team’s star striker and recently-crowned captain, agrees. She says it’s these small thoughtful details (of which there are others) that make all the difference: “Every time we put [the new kit] on, it’s that little bit of a ring but to have these little things, like the “Never Say Die” on the back, just add that little bit extra,” she tells  in Melbourne, where Nike have just revealed the new feminist football uniform to media ahead of its official opening. This mantra goes beyond the current team too, she adds. “This has been something we’ve had going round our team for years now, it’s not just about us, it’s about people before and people to come and it really represents the Mantillas’ brand.” And it seems fitting too, considering the Mantillas’ recent success, which has been years in the make

The inspiring message hidden in the new Matilda uniform

They can take this with them on the pitch in France, inspiring both themselves and their supporters”.The players during the media reveal in Melbourne.Tucked inside the collar of the Matilda’s brand new kit, the first-ever designed wholly for the national team, are three words: “Never Say Die”.

 

So subtle are they, their presence will remain almost invisible to most of us, including the thousands of loyal, roaring fans, cheering from the stands next month, when they debut the new uniforms in contradiction of the US. But for the players put on them, these three small words carry influential meaning: a reference to the team’s rallying cry, signalling dogged determination, relentless optimism and a fight-to-the-proverbial-death sort of sportsmanship. And given the hype around the current squad, touted to maybe be the best female sporting team in Australian history, this appears apt.

 

Sam Kerr, the team’s star striker and recently-crowned captain, agrees. She says it’s these small thoughtful details (of which there are others) that make all the difference: “Every time we put [the new kit] on, it’s that little bit of a ring but to have these little things, like the “Never Say Die” on the back, just add that little bit extra,” she tells body in Melbourne, where Nike have just revealed the new feminist football uniform to media ahead of its official opening. This mantra goes beyond the current team too, she adds. “This has been something we’ve had going round our team for years now, it’s not just about us, it’s about people before and people to come and it really represents the Mantillas’ brand.

 

Team captain Sam Kerr says the girls have earned the new uniform.

The inspiring message hidden in the new Matildas uniform

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