Primary schools across the length and breadth of Scotland have joined in a project to design the strips to be worn by football teams taking part in the Forest Pitch project next summer.
The designs will also be showcased in this Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival project.
Forest Pitch will see the creation of a full size football pitch hidden deep within a commercial forest in the Scottish Borders.
The trees that have been felled to make space for the pitch are being used to create goalposts, a shelter and other infrastructure on site, and the pitch is being made using recycled topsoil from a local football ground being replaced by an all weather surface.
There will be four winning designs, (one for each of the participating teams). 30 shortlisted designs will go on show in an exhibition at the Football Museum at the Scottish national stadium from February 2012.
P7 pupils from Sgoil nan Loch primary school on the Isle of Lewis were among the first to get their entries in and their enthusiasm for the project was clear.
“I wanted to do this competition because it is an unusual and mind-blowing task!..It helps us to be more creative and confident about our work; it also helps people to understand nature more,” says Laure Ann MacLeod.
“I entered this competition because I thought it was a great way to get involved with the 2012 Olympics,” added Beth Bannerjee-Richards: “I think the idea is just amazing!
“To think that there is a possibility that a football team could be wearing the football strip that I designed!” says Catie Esler: “I thought this was a brilliant idea because it makes us young people come out of ourselves and prove that we have the potential to become strong artists at a young age,” adds Bethany Ross.