‘Everyone at the club is happy’: Hinckley cycle racing club members delight at new kit designed by NWSLC fashion student

Mason Moore | Hinckley Reporter | 20 November 2023

A FASHION and textiles student from NWSLC’s Hinckley campus who won a competition to design a new kit for a Hinckley cycle racing club has seen her final design praised by members.

Pictured: Guy Mellor from Hinckley Cycle Racing Club with NWSLC student Gracie Birch, who designed the kit (Image: Susan Bexon)

As we reported back in June, second-year student Gracie Birch picked up a £100 cash prize after her new design was unanimously selected by members of the Hinckley Cycle Racing Club, after they had to vote in a poll which showcased the different designs.

“It has been great to be able to return to the college with our fully developed kit based on Gracie’s design. Everyone at the club is very happy with their new kit which is now in use for social rides and in cycle cross, road racing and mountain-biking competitions”, said Guy Mellor, pictured top, of Hinckley Cycle Racing Club. “We were extremely impressed by all the students’ response to our brief and have enjoyed working with the college on this project.”

Joanne Hall, Fashion and Textiles Lecturer at NWSLC said: “We were delighted to work with HCRC on this unique brief which provided our students with a live commercial project to test their skills. They were all provided with the same template block for the kit and required to design bright and highly visible concepts for health and safety reasons.

“Seven Year 1 students on our fashion and textiles course responded and it was great experience for them. It has been rewarding to be able to help a local community organisation, and fantastic to see the finished articles that have been produced.”

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