Aston Villa may not know whether they will be playing in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League or FA Women’s Championship next season but preparation for the production of their 2020/2021 home and away kits is now in it’s 13th month of what is a 15-month project by kit manufacturers Kappa.
This season has seen the club begin an initial three-year kit deal with the Italian sportswear brand but there were some initial teething problems with kits being in short supply due to the men’s side’s promotion to the English Premier League last summer while there were also some issues with sizes.
Following a recent meeting between Kappa, Fanatics and a Villa Fans Consultation Group, the Aston Villa Supporters’ Trust have released an update on the production of the 2020/2021 kits via their website. It is understood that Kappa are not expecting last season’s kit issues to return again this summer and they have provided Villa fans with an insight into what is a fascinating 15-month process which is being followed to produce next season’s home and away kits.
The process started with dialogue between Aston Villa, Kappa and Fanatics last April and a design for the 2020/2021 kits was agreed between the three parties way back in June. Villa then confirmed their expected order numbers in October before Kappa began the production process in January. The process is set to end with kit deliveries and and official club kit launch in June, although that date could be put back due to the current suspension of football across Europe as a result of the Coronavirus.
Despite the potential uncertainty surrounding the kit release date, it is expected that Gemma Davies’ side will be wearing their new kits with pride when they begin the 2020/2021 campaign. Whether they are kits worn in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League or FA Women’s Championship remains to be seen.