The Rival story started out in 2017.
Our co-founders Ryan Morrison and Jenny Stevenson were both Edinburgh University students when they realised there was a huge problem with the custom sportswear world. As Kit Secretary of the Edinburgh University Boat Club, Ryan found out the hard way that organising bulk orders was a nightmare. Clunky order forms and minimum order values made the process restrictive and only allowed for kit to be purchased at set points in the year. Not only was this a logistical faff for the club, but it denied athletes the flexibility they require when it comes to their kit. On top of this, poor quality kit was delivered 6 months later due to incredibly slow turn around times. No athlete should have to scramble around last minute to borrow someone else's race kit because theirs did not arrive in time.
Out of this frustration, Rival Kit was born. Since then, we have changed the game in custom sportswear providing great quality, good value, custom kit delivered straight to your door. We believe in top quality kit backed by a top-quality customer experience from the moment you get in touch with an idea.
As ex-performance athletes ourselves, we understand that consistency is key, and it is that reliability that we ensure will be with you for every step of your Rival journey. We are committed to constantly improve and develop our technical garments, ensuring we have the very best to offer all of our Rival athletes. Our rigorous product development process tests all garments in all conditions; on or off the water, on or off the field, come rain or shine.
Inclusivity is at the heart of what we do and is part of what makes sport special for so many people. Key to this is allowing anyone to access great quality, bespoke, and affordable custom kit. We have set out with the mission to transform the sports clothing industry and we hope you will join us on this journey.