The result of a radical idea to create a soccer ball built to last, My Football Kit is a ball that can be assembled in parts with no need for inflation. But it wasn’t escaping that infuriating hunt for a pump and a valve adapter that provided the inspiration for the project, rather a desire to create lasting opportunities for children in less affluent social situations where a football built to last is something to be cherished.
Created from 54 interlocking pieces, the non-inflatable ball was initially the idea of Japanese sports manufacturer Molten, before design company Nendo lent their expertise to turning the project into reality. Nendo sought inspiration from traditional artisan bamboo balls, swapping the natural materials for a trio of parts made from polypropylene and resin that replicate the softer touch of a traditional football. Inflation occurs from the way the panels tightly lock together, and the panels can be replaced individually when damaged, prolonging the lifespan of the ball. The ball is sold in parts in a drawstring bag with a picture book of instructions and comes available in a range of customizable colors. Visit the My Football Kit website for more info.