T&T eyes World Record for Largest football shirt ever made

Shaun Fuentes
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Trinidad and Tobago could soon be in Guinness Book of World Records for a major feat in world football. But it will be an achievement off the field of play. Not by a single person, player or official, but by a joint effort of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation and the population of the twin-island republic which will host the 2001 FIFA World Under 17 Championship from September 13.

The largest football shirt ever made has been produced by the TTFF and made by Mohan's Trading. This shirt will carry the colours of the national team jersey and TTFF logo, and will carry the following dimensions: Length - 115 feet, Width - 115 feet, Arm Hole - 30 feet, Sleeve - 60-feet. Collar - 37 feet long and 5 feet wide, weight - 900 lbs.

The previous largest is owned by the English FA and measures 60 feet - length and 60 feet - width. The total cost including material and labour is in the region of TT$50,000.
The shirt will be sponsored by the Gillette Group of companies, who only this week came on board as a major sponsor

This shirt will be the major attraction of the marketing campaign for the Championship and the National Under 17 team over the next month. The shirt will be carried to over 50 points throughout Trinidad and Tobago and will allow citizens of the country to make their signature and donate $1 as a way of pledging their support towards the Championship effort. All funds collected will in turn be donated to local charity (local underprivileged associations, etc).

At the end of the promotion campaign, the shirt will be put on display at a venue in Port of Spain, most likely the Salvatori Building on Independence Square, for the duration of the World Championship.

"This is a massive shirt as well as a massive venture for football in Trinidad and Tobago," said an excited Peter Miller, CEO of the Football Company of Trinidad and Tobago. Miller who has been instrumental in the entire project added "This is one major way of us getting everyone involved in some way in the staging of the Championship and also to support our own national team."

Oliver Camps, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Federation and FIFA Vice President Jack Warner also had good thoughts on the venture. The shirt was launched at the opening of the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium two weeks ago. Honourable Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago Basdeo Panday and Warner were in attendance. That Stadium is one of the four newly constructed ones for the hosting of the World Under 17 Championships in September.

The shirt also made appearances at the other the three other newly constructed stadia including the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, named after the country's world renowned sprinter, and the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Tobago, named after the Manchester United striker. It also appeared at the Larry Gomes Stadium in Arima.

The shirt will be carried to all corners of T&T including Maracas, Toco, Blanchisseuse, Point Fortin, Mayaro, Siparia, San Fernando, Chaguanas, and Scarborough among many other areas.