What a year?! Across the world we have seen some amazing and momentous things, all not wonderful, but many I'm sure will shape our lives for decades to come.
For us at K, 2016 was a watershed year. We re-branded to reflect our commitment and focus to coaches, coaching and training. We have always wanted to make life easier for coaches and players so as everyone can get on with improving their skills. Our brand is all about making sure the player is best prepared before the game starts, with a less stressed coach to boot!!
Early 2016 also saw us launch the Multi-Stump Shorty, also developed due to popular demand, they have been very well received from the Test grounds to village green. We had been making them for the professionals for a number of years by cutting down full size Multi-Stumps but this was not an ideal or particularly clever idea.
In Summer 2016 we moved our factory due to a catastrophic failure in the machine that moulds our products. This allowed us to experiment with new materials and though the 2017 Multi-Stump and Shorty look identical to last year the material we are using is lighter and more flexible which will have a number of benefits in performance and durability.
At the time of writing we are still in the process of finding a manufacturer who can make our Skyer FOB to the high performance level we require. We are onto our 4th factory now and currently trialling. I hope to be able to update you in the near future.
We launched the KoachSak range in April 2016 which included it's dubiously named sister product the BallSak.
In 2017 we are expanding the venture to include a 'de-tuned' version called the KlubSak and a coaches version of the players duffle bag called the KoachSak duffle (pictured above). These will initially be available in Navy Blue with yellow (above) and Red flashing and trim.
These additions were as a response to comment, demand and a need to cater for coaches and clubs with differing needs and budgets.
Lastly, but very proudly in December 2016 we launched the KatchMax which was a 12 month project unfortunately spreading into 36 months! But nevertheless it is here and I think an excellent addition to the range and will challenge and improve all players of all abilities.
I look forward to fabulous 2017 and wish everyone the very best in fulfilling the goals they have set for themselves.