Rolling Towards Success: Graphics Student Designs Local Club’s Hockey Kit
Level 3 Graphic Design student Sam Bagley, who is currently studying at Rotherham College, has successfully designed a new kit for the local roller hockey team, the Rotherham Blackhawks for their upcoming season.
Sam combined his graphic design skills and passion for roller Hockey to create a stunning new kit for the club, which will be worn by teams across every age group. Sam has also previously designed special Covid-19 NHS awareness kits and Christmas kits for the club.
Rotherham Blackhawks are a local roller hockey club based at Bench Buddy Arena, in Eastwood, Rotherham. Their teams cover age groups from under 10s, 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s through to seniors.
Explaining his process behind creating the kits, Sam said:
“I drew up a few different sketches, then my dad noticed one in particular and we worked together to draw up the perfect shirt. Fortunately, one of the Blackhawks coaches owns a print company, so we were then able to bring the kits to life. It was such a rewarding experience, it is still great to see people of so many age groups wearing my designs.”
Passionate about working within the sports fashion industry after his studies, Sam said:
“Sports kit design is definitely something I want to pursue after college. I play hockey myself and that really helped me to have the market knowledge to create eye-catching kits that people would wear.”
Sam mentioned the fantastic facilities at Rotherham College and University Centre Rotherham (UCR) played a huge role in giving him the creative space to design the kits. He explained:
“The facilities that we have here are great. We have access to fantastic modern equipment, and are taught by some of the best tutors, who have helped me every step of the way on this course.”
Rotherham College’s Graphic Design students also have access to all of UCR’s state-of-the-art design studios which are fully kitted out with modern, industry-standard equipment. They have access to everything that they need to perfect their craft, such as access to Apple Macs loaded with the completed Adobe Creative Suite, using apps such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.