Foot­ball fan, 14, scores global hit with his kit de­signs

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

A TEENAGER has sold foot­ball kit de­signs to teams across the globe af­ter cre­at­ing them at home in Mac­cles­field.

Fin­lay Blake­more is only 14 but al­ready teams in nearly 20 coun­tries are wear­ing kits made to his de­signs.

He re­alised he had a eye for it af­ter watch­ing a YouTube video on us­ing com­puter soft­ware Pho­to­shop to de­sign kits and de­cid­ing he would have a go.

Fin­lay, who lives with mum Tracy, dad Mar­cus and sis­ter In­dia on Lang­dale Close, Mac­cles­field, put some de­signs on and was amazed when he was asked to de­sign a be­spoke kit for a team in Canada.

He was shocked again when they bought his de­sign and things have gone from there, with around 20 or­ders now from coun­tries in­clud­ing Dubai, Sin­ga­pore, Ger­many and Costa Rica. They are am­a­teur teams so far – in­clud­ing his own team Bolling­ton United War­riors U15s – but Fin­lay hopes to de­sign for a pro­fes­sional team soon, ul­ti­mately the team he sup­ports – Manch­ester United.

Fin­lay, who goes to King’s School, said: “I couldn’t be­lieve it when I started get­ting or­ders, it’s sur­real. I find sharp shapes work well on foot­ball kits and I like them to be sim­plis­tic, al­though for Bolling­ton I did a live­lier de­sign.

“It’s amaz­ing to think there are play­ers in all those coun­tries wear­ing de­signs I’ve made. They are Sun­day league level clubs, some univer­sity clubs, but I’d love to do a pro­fes­sional team.

“I con­tacted Mac­cles­field Town but they said they don’t take be­spoke kits un­for­tu­nately. I en­tered a com­pe­ti­tion to de­sign Manch­ester United’s kit last year and will give it an­other go. You never know. That would be the dream.”

He has de­signed kits for teams for Tik­iTaka FC in Toronto, Canada, the Univer­sity of Basel in Switzer­land, Na­tio Suri­name in the Nether­lands and 3 Stars Soccer in Sin­ga­pore.

The foot­ball kit de­signs came af­ter Fin­lay started sell­ing de­signs for fil­ters to be used on so­cial me­dia app Snapchat. He de­signed a fil­ter for Mac­cles­field for peo­ple to add to pic­tures they have taken in the town and some for Mac­cles­field’s schools too, which stu­dents have bought.

And now he’s launched a cloth­ing line named Lazy cloth­ing, which is be­ing man­u­fac­tured by Mac­cles­field firm Em­blazed.

Fin­lay said: “It feels amaz­ing that peo­ple like what I’m sell­ing. I love de­sign be­cause you have a sense of power as you can get some­thing to look just as you want it. I did want to be an ar­chi­tect but think I’ll carry on do­ing what I’m do­ing.”

Fin­lay Blake­more with his kit for Bolling­ton United War­riors and some of his other de­signs

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