The search for the New Balance ‘Blackout Squad’ is on!

NB Blackout Squad

New Balance Football today officially launches its Blackout Squad competition in association with Pro Direct Soccer, offering amateur players around the UK the chance to become part of a select group to trial New Balance Football boots, just as the brand’s global professional player ambassadors do. The sign-up stage begins on 9th March 2015, closing on 6th April 2015. Pretty smart thinking!

Inspired by the practice of pro-footballers trialling blacked out boots when testing new product, 60 competition winners will be the first members of public in the UK to get their hands on the highly sought-after New Balance boots.

To earn a place on the Blackout Squad applicants will be simply asked to share their views on everything New Balance Football through their social networks. Those chosen as part of the squad will receive new product drops throughout the 2015/16 season in the latest colourways before they hit the shelves.


New Balance’s squad of professional players is backing the scheme, encouraging amateur players around the UK to enter. New Balance sponsored player Aaron Ramsey said, “This is a dream come true for so many amateur players. There is nothing quite like the feeling when you put on new boots and kit for the first time and being able to wear it before your closest rivals, I’m sure the winners will feel 10 feet tall! I’m looking forward to welcoming the winners to the New Balance team.”

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany added, “This is a really unique chance for players around the world who are passionate about football to be part of something very different. The competition is for players who believe they can stand out from the rest and are ready to become leaders amongst their teammates.
I have never seen this sort of competition before where so many amateur players get the chance to trial boots before they are even on sale! It’s a fantastic opportunity and really is a ‘money can’t buy’ prize.”

To learn more and be in with a chance to earn a place on the UK Blackout Squad, just head here.

New Balance boots will be available from Pro Direct Soccer from July 2015.

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