Engineer and mum of three launches new football and rugby boot accessory to stop kids bringing in mud

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Cary Marsh, from Wimbledon UK, invented the Bootclaw to help her boys remove compacted mud from their boots. It’s now trending on global crowdfunding site kickstarter.com

Cary Marsh, from Wimbledon UK, invented the Bootclaw to help her boys remove compacted mud from their boots. It’s now trending on global crowdfunding site kickstarter.com

The Bootclaw is a patent-pending, pocket-sized tool (with integrated stud key) for removing compacted mud from studded boots during breaks in play. It also works on trainers and school shoes.

Cary Marsh, CEO of Punchfront Innovation and inventor of the Bootclaw was concerned about her sons’ performance on the pitch when their boots became weighed down with compacted mud. “The pitches we see on TV are pristine, but in reality the 5-6 million of us in the UK who play football at the weekends are playing on very, very muddy pitches” said Marsh.

“As an engineer I knew that this extra weight of mud would directly affect the boys’ acceleration and running speed, but it was also stopping them from striking the ball properly – they would miskick and mud would fly everywhere! I couldn’t believe there wasn’t anything out there to deal with the problem, just brushes for cleaning your boots when you got home, so I got to work on a design myself.”

After around 18 months in development and hundreds of 3D printed prototypes, the Bootclaw is now ready to go into production and Marsh has launched the Bootclaw on the global crowdfunding site kickstarter.com where it is building a community of football and rugby players and parents.

“We’re on target to reach our funding goal already which is so exciting. And it’s not just football and rugby boots, lots of our backers just want to stop their kids bringing in muddy school shoes – it works brilliantly for removing mud from all footwear!” Our first backers will be receiving their very own first edition Bootclaws in February 2016 – just when everyone is really muddy!”

About the Bootclaw

The Bootclaw is a patent-pending, pocket-sized tool (with integrated stud key) for removing compacted mud from studded boots during breaks in play.

During football and rugby games, up to a centimetre of mud can become compacted along the base of the boot. This extra weight reduces acceleration, running speed and grip. In football, compacted mud can often double the weight of a boot, seriously reducing passing and striking accuracy.

The Bootclaw allows players and coaches to quickly and efficiently remove compacted mud after warm-up, at half time, or during breaks in the game - giving players using the Bootclaw the edge over players with clogged up boots.

About the Founder

Cary is an award-winning entrepreneur and Founder of Punchfront Innovation.

Cary was awarded the inaugural Iris Award at the NatWest Everywoman Awards in recognition of her business success through effective implementation and use of IT and Communications. She was named UKRC Woman of Outstanding Achievement 2011 winner for Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and was the Breakthrough Pioneer award winner in Red Magazine’s Hot Women Awards 2011.

Cary is an Manufacturing Engineering graduate from the University of Nottingham. She regularly speaks at events as a STEM ambassador about her passion for getting more girls interested in science, technology and engineering, knowing that enthusiastic role models can change lives.

Notes to Press

For further information please contact cary(at)punchfront(dot)com +44(0) 7799 622 146

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