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Adidas And SOUL CAP Announce Partnership To Make Swimming More Accessible

Swimmers sit by side of pool wearing adidas soul cap

Last updated on September 26th, 2022 at 11:08 AM

adidas announces its first swim cap made in partnership with London-based start-up SOUL CAP, which will be available from 1st September.

This collaboration– which follows the launch of adidas’s full-cover and inclusive sizing swimwear ranges last summer – is part of the brand’s ongoing commitment to making water sports more accessible.

Young swimmer wearing adidas soul cap
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adidas and SOUL CAP share the belief that sport belongs to all. But it can only belong to all, if all who want to participate, can.

By offering a swimwear product – designed for a range of hairstyles – the brands are joining efforts on their quest to increase access and inclusivity in swimming.

Celine Del Genes, adidas Global General Manager Specialist Sports, commented: “We’re excited to collaborate with SOUL CAP to jointly tackle one of swimming’s biggest barriers: accessibility.

We’re driven to make the water a more fun, inclusive and social space and this partnership is another step forward in making that ambition a reality for all.”

The idea for SOUL CAP was born in 2017 when founders Michael Chapman and Toks Ahmed took up adult swimming lessons, after not having learned how to swim as children.

They noticed a problem during their classes – every swimmer wore the same size swim cap, no matter what hairstyle they had, which often resulted in people struggling with ill-fitting caps.

This observation led to them creating SOUL CAP, a company that makes swim caps designed for people with long or voluminous hair.

Michael Chapman and Toks Ahmed, SOUL CAP co-founders, commented: Partnering with adidas has given us a global platform to hold conversations around the barriers and lack of accessibility to swimming.

Through this collaboration, we hope to encourage more people to take up the sport and build confidence in the water so they too can experience the joys of swimming.”

The adidas x SOUL CAP swim cap is made from 100 per cent silicone, which creates less snag on the hair ensuring a more comfortable fit.

Built with extra space, it provides a snug fit and tight seal to keep long and voluminous hair dry and healthy through every type of swim.

The collection consists of an adult cap in sizes Regular-XXL and a children’s cap in sizes Regular-L, in an exclusive linen green colourway.

The adidas x SOUL CAP collection will be available to buy on adidas.com and via the adidas app from Sept 1 2022.

For further information visit adidas.com/Swimming or follow @adidas_swim on Instagram to join the conversation, using #adidasxSOULCAP, #adidasSwim and #adidas.