Team Colours Highlights Importance of Proper Sports Kit

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After Chicago Bulls basketball player Joakim Noah was asked to leave the bench for not wearing appropriate sports clothing, Team Colours highlights the importance of a sports kit for unifying a team.

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The recent dress code malfunction suffered by NBA star Joakim Noah provided a timely reminder of the importance of proper sports kit - even for millionaire sportsmen.

The Chicago Bulls basketball player was asked to leave his team's bench during the match against Indiana Pacers because his relaxed outfit - which featured no official team garment - was deemed unacceptable by the NBA.

In 2005 the sport's governing body introduced a dress code policy for inactive players on the bench, which stated that a jacket must be worn when out of team clothing. Noah was wearing a white t-shirt and jumper, and was only allowed back to the bench when he had changed into a smart shirt and jacket.

Although some have poured scorn on the NBA's decision, it has brought into focus the issue of the correct clothing to wear when a player is a member of a sports team - even if, like Noah, that player is injured and not actually participating in the action itself.

According to bespoke sports kit manufacturers Team Colours, there are many reasons why it is important for sports teams to look the part at all times during a game.

A spokesperson said: "Whether you're a world-famous star playing in front of millions of people or simply a footballer with your local Sunday league team, it's essential to stick to a dress policy that shows you are united as a team.

"Turning up in any old gear suggests that while you are there in person, your head and your heart are somewhere else. If your team looks good - even the players on the bench - you have effectively got a psychological advantage over the opposition before you've even begun."

Team Colours manufactures personalised sports kits for a wide range of sports, with its Team Colours junior football kits a popular and effective way of both unifying a young team and standing out from its rivals.

Having originally established the company in 2000, Stanley and Rosemary Carter have grown it from a specialist netball dress designer to one that covers 28 niche and popular sports.

Its innovative online ordering system allows any team to order its strip at the click of a mouse - with the ability to specify not just the colour, but type of fabric, style of number printing, collar type and shorts or skirt length.

Whether it's a full team's cricket kit or an individual's rugby strip, Team Colours has the online technology - and a friendly, one-on-one service - to deliver a standout sports kit.
To see the range of sports and kits available through Team Colours, visit

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