She’s played tag rugby for both her old and new schools, captaining the team this week. And contact rugby for her local U13s. I have so much admiration for her. I was always terrified of team games. But I have always encouraged her to follow her dreams, and to never let being a girl stop her doing anything.
Everyone who comes to watch her play is amazed at the way the girls throw themselves into the game. Dad was so impressed with her, and with the guts and feistiness of the girls’ teams who surrounded us in the club room afterwards.
Feminism in action.
I love watching the camaraderie, and L throwing herself into a totally new situation, on the pitch and in the club room, with girls she doesn’t know. Such a great life skill. They get muddy, often smear it on their faces like war paint, they sometimes get bashed about, but the coaches are always there to make sure everyone plays safe and fair. She loves it.
This year playing for her team requires not just playing on a Sunday afternoon, but playing on a Wednesday night, in the freezing cold and the dark. Which is where ISBJÖRN clothing comes in.
ISBJÖRN is a Swedish make of outdoor children’s wear, meaning durable, high-quality garments for adventurous kids. The Panda hoody for starters is incredibly lightweight but toasty warm. Zips aren’t allowed on the pitch, but this hoody is perfect for snuggling up in after a game, or, for adding a cosy but barely noticeable layer when lounging at home, just the garment for the girl who insists on wearing shorts all year round.
Does anyone else find themselves shivering when they look at their child running round in t-shirt and shorts in December?
Panda comes in a range of colours, but we love the coral, everyone comments on how unusual and striking it is. It positively glows! It’s a very special piece of kit too, the Panda hoody has PrimaLoft Silver Insulation Performance Fleece which keeps kids dry and stays warm in even the most torrential of downpours and is softer than cashmere.
It’s perfect family hikes too and a relief to find a performance mid-layer she loves, that isn’t a pink fleece, because this girl thinks pink stinks. I might have encouraged that too; now you see where my little rugby player comes from.
The long cuffs with thumb slits are great for warming pitch-chilled hands and make for a garment with lots of growing room. ISBJÖRN are Bluesign approved and strive to minimise their impact on the environment by using recycled, ethically sourced materials where possible and encourage parents to hand down their garments from child to child by incorporating features such as grow cuffs and space for 3 owners’ names on the labels.
Underneath L is sporting navy Husky base layers from Isbjorn too, made with mulesing-free merino wool, encouraging cruelty-free wool practices.
Perfect for wearing under rugby shorts and top. It isn’t easy to convince her she might need base layers, but these are so light and breathable.
The wool material keeps kids warm in cold weather and the polyester blend effectively wicks moisture from the skin. The long john has a soft elastic in the waistline and has a funky ‘peak’ design pattern which represents both mountains and valleys, while also looking like the teeth of a polar bear as ‘ISBJÖRN’ is actually Swedish for polar bear.
Base layers come in so handy for all kinds of things, ski trips, hikes, sport, snowball fights.
From babies to teens ISBJÖRN have snowsuits, hoodies, shoes, base layers, everything for the outdoor loving, adventurous child. We love the mix of technical, performance fabrics, cool design and the ethical approach. Technical pieces are a great investment because they are lightweight and hard-working. I can see the hoody has already become a much-loved everyday piece she will turn to again and again and she’s seeing the difference in a high-quality base layer. They will also make hardwearing hand me downs. Check them out!