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Nendo Launches DIY Non-Inflatable Soccer Ball for Kids in Impoverished Areas

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Japanese design studio Nendo has just launched the My Football Kit project, which aims to bring football (or soccer, depending on where you live) to the world in the hopes of attracting more players to the sport. In impoverished communities around the world, soccer balls are not easy to come by, and when they are purchased, children have no access to air pumps or any way to repair the damage that occurs over time. In order to give children the opportunity to play and enjoy the popular sport, Nendo designed a non-inflatable soccer ball that mimics the feeling of kicking a normal ball. The design is based on the structure of the traditional Japanese woven bamboo ball. In collaboration with the global ball manufacturer Molten, Nendo developed My Football Kit, a set of 54 pieces that fit together like a puzzle to form a soccer ball.

There are three types of soft, recycled polypropylene and elastomeric resin components that create a durable surface that is safe to walk on with bare feet. If one of the pieces falls off during a game, the rest of the interlocking shape will stay together and let the game continue. If a component breaks, it can easily be replaced instead of getting a new ball. The spare parts are delivered disassembled in smaller packages, which reduces shipping costs. Also, multiple colors of the components are available so a new color scheme can be worked out to make it easier for you to remember who the ball belongs to.

The kit includes illustrated instructions that anyone can follow as there is no need to translate any text. In addition to the instructions and 54 parts, the kit includes a bag that can be worn as a backpack to carry the ball in.

The design of the ball offers space for adding original logos or brand-specific color variations, giving companies and organizations the opportunity to contribute to schools and club teams.

For more information on My Football Kit, visit myfootballkit.jp.

Photos by Akihiro Yoshida.

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