It’s the thing you simply cannot do without in football.
Frankly, the game would be impossible without… the ball!
And these days the technology has developed to such an extent that the appliance of science is a key component in its design and production.
At the Dale Farm Milk Cup more than 250 balls are on committee member Jim Sandford’s never ending “to do” list every year in the run up to the event.
“It might seem obvious but making sure we are well looked after for footballs is an imperative,” says Jim.
“There are one hundred and one things we have to be certain are taken care of before a ball is kicked - and the ball is one of them and pretty high on my list!
“This year we have landed a deal with Mitre for supplying 160 match balls and another 100 training balls.”
Jon Godden, Mitre’s managing director, says: “Mitre are delighted to be the official ball provider of the 2015 Dale Farm Milk Cup. The competition has a great following and is always supported by several of the world’s top clubs.
“We are delighted to provide the highest quality product to the future stars of football during the tournament.
“Everyone at Mitre would like to wish the competing teams from around the globe the very best of luck.”
Jon Godden, Mitre’s managing director, presents one of the specially designed balls which will be in use at the Dale Farm Milk Cup to tournament committee member Jim Sandford.