The double diamond will be back on French football pitches next season, as today we’re delighted to announce that Umbro will be the official kit supplier for Racing Club de Lens. A four-year deal has been agreed with the club from the start of the 2014/15 season, with the first kits being revealed this summer.
Following our recent news that we will be back in the Premier League with Everton, it’s exciting for us to announce our deal with RC Lens, another club that fits perfectly with our idea of a passionate club with a close relationship with their fans.
Umbro and RC Lens also have a strong history together – the
team were kitted out by Umbro between 1996 and 2001, during which came their
most successful campaign ever – the French league championship, won by RC Lens
Currently fighting for promotion at the top of Ligue 2, RC Lens still regularly attract crowds of over 30,000 fanatical supporters. The fans are so important to RC Lens that no player at the club will wear the number 12, as it is reserved for their supporters.
The club has always had strong ties with the local community in Lens, with one story behind their nickname of ‘the blood and gold’ suggesting that it refers to huge effort and reward that came from the coalmines the city was built on.
Today, the club is striving to get back to the top of French football, having nurtured a number of high profile players through their world-class academy.
We’re very excited to be working with RC Lens again, and we hope that the club’s fans, players and staff are excited about returning to Umbro.