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21 May 2019

James Humphries wins Design Competition for Bowlers’ Headgear

Photo by Clare Skinner, MCC

James Humphries, a 2nd Year Industrial Design Student at Loughborough Design School has been named the joint winner of a competition run by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and MCC to advance safety provision for bowlers in their follow-through.

Shortlisted for the award alongside other finalists from industry, James, a keen cricketer and bowler, developed a stylish, lightweight helmet that not only protects the players face but also the vertebral arteries of the neck though the use of Poron XRD padding.

On his design James said: “The protective helmet integrates traditional styling with modern form. The focus when designing the helmet was to not obstruct the action of bowling. As a pace bowler myself, I recognise that the transition needs to be as efficient as possible to deliver a good ball.”

James was invited to Lords cricket ground to present to a judging panel consisting of directors, manufacturers and a professional fast bowler, on Friday 3 May and was selected as a joint winner based on his “high level of innovation and design”.

On his achievement James added that: “Coming joint 1st in the competition was an incredible feeling” and that “Loughborough Design School has given me the fundamental skill set to generate well considered design. Cricket is my passion as I have been playing for most of my life. Uniting these experiences in a project has fuelled my excitement for design. I will be working closely with the ECB and Loughborough University to develop the concept further”.


(Photo by Clare Skinner, MCC)