Innovation: Start Number Pocket

2010 was the year I promoted my innovation: putting a start number on a singlet without the use of safety pins. Just a transparant pocket sewed on (both sides of) a singlet.

Principle of the Start Number Pocket
First prototype on my athletic club’s race shirt

I used this innovation as an entry of the European Athletics Innovation Awards 2010 in the open category. As result I was rewarded with an Honourable Mention:


In the meantime  a french company in sportattributes Decathlon brought a version for sale.  I am not satisfied with their solution of using a t-shirt in stead of a singlet and the position of the pocket. So I am still looking for a company that will develop my innovation into a product for the gear market. Fortunately there is some progress going on. In december 2017 I visited the Sport Innovation Centre Limburg, part of Topsport Limburg, to promote my innovation. They are specialised in using new materials. In 2018 they choose ten innovations they want to bring further to the market.  On the 27th of Februari I heard that my innovation is one of them. Niw it really going to happen. How that ends see Sportswear Comfort Improvement.