Football Federation Australia (FFA) has today announced they have partnered with leading international sports apparel brand BLK as the official referee apparel supplier for the next four seasons.
The deal will see BLK, a subsidiary of WRS Group, produce all on field and training apparel for Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and Foxtel National Youth League referees through to the end of the 2018/19 season.
The product range, which has been custom designed using the latest cutting edge sportswear technology, represents BLK’s second entry into the Hyundai A-League following their partnership with the Newcastle Jets which commenced in 2014.
FFA Director of Referees Ben Wilson praised BLK’s significant investment into Australian refereeing.
“BLK are an internationally recognised industry leading sportswear brand. They have a history of working with elite sporting organisations all around the world and we’re excited to partner with them to deliver the most comprehensive referee apparel partnership in FFA history.”
The new high performance apparel, which was launched at the FFA Pre-season Seminar at the Australian Institute of Sport earlier this month, made its debut during the Westfield FFA Cup Quarter Finals.
“We’ve received positive feedback from our refereeing team and I’m confident the new and innovative BLK range will ensure our referees maintain peak performance in every match throughout the 2016/17 season,” concluded Wilson.
BLK CEO Tyron Brant echoed Wilson’s comments and expressed his excitement at welcoming FFA into the BLK family.
“With both the A-League and football in Australia exploding it is fantastic that the BLK brand will be on the pitch at every game. On a global stage there is a strong push into football from BLK and this partnership will just add to the credibility of BLK in the football market.”
FFA is currently working with BLK to make the new product range available to grassroots referees around the country.