Hartlepool United are delighted to announce a partnership with Irish sportswear manufacturer O’Neills who will become the Club’s Kit Supplier from 2019/20.
The Club invited companies to tender for the kit supply contract and received a high volume of replies from a whole range of interested parties.
Following weeks of meetings and a thorough tendering process, we are now pleased to announce O’Neills as our new official Kit Supplier.
The company, who are based in Northern Ireland, supply kit for League One side Wycombe Wanderers and have a wealth of experience in a variety of other sports, most notably rugby and Gaelic football.
Mark Maguire Chief Executive said, “This has been a very important process for the Club and it was vital that we went through an exhaustive examination of all prospective kit partners to make sure that we found the right fit for the club.
“We have had a really successful year on the retail side, smashing previous records, largely because we have begun to establish our own retail identity. With the success of the retro kits and the new lines of leisurewear we introduced it was important to us that any future kit partner helped enhance the Hartlepool United name.
“We met over twenty companies and did our due diligence in terms of quality, lead times, minimum quantities and design and it is safe to say that O’Neills impressed us from day one. All of their manufacturing takes place in the UK which means lead times are shorter and because they fulfil every part of the process themselves – from material, to dyes to printing, there is control over quality.
“We received fantastic references from Wycombe and other clubs we spoke to and so we are confident that O’Neills are ideal partner for us going forward we look forward to launching the new designs in due course.”
James Scholes, North East Sales Manager at O’Neills added, “We are absolutely delighted to have agreed a partnership with Hartlepool United.
“Since the opportunity arose to work with Hartlepool, and throughout an extensive tender process, we have been extremely impressed with the Club and its attitude which we strongly believe links into the beliefs and passion of O’Neills.
“We are very excited about having the opportunity to work with the Club, who we very much see as mirroring our ambition as a football brand, and one that has a rich heritage but is also very keen to progress.
“We are looking forward to introducing some high quality off-field ranges alongside home, away and goalkeeper kits that will be launched in the coming months ahead of their 2019/20 campaign.
“It really is a privilege to be working with a Club that has such a passionate fan base and we are looking forward to a long and successful partnership”