Decathlon claim to be Europe’s number 1 sports retailer, they cover a wide variety of sports which includes fishing, boxing, triathlon and football to name a few. You can order online or visit one of their shops. The shops are particularly handy to try before you buy. They are certainly worth a visit if you have a shop near you.
I have visited Decathlon stores across the country and they are all pretty much the same. For the young goalkeeper the number of products on the shelf is somewhat limited. Generally on any given day they have 1 or 2 pairs of youth gloves along with a couple of base layer options. For football in general they offer a good selection of equipment which is reasonably priced.
The website is easy to use and provides all the information you need. The compare functionality is nice but it could do with showing more technical information especially when comparing gloves. Checkout is a breeze (you do need an account) and offers the ability to pay with PayPal.
Gloves, clothing, base layers, boots and general equipment are all available. The selection of products offered is limited to their own “Kipsta” brand although they do stock some popular branded goods. For padded and non padded base layers the Kipsta range is good value and hard to beat.
Items are usually available online but in-store I have found it to be a bit hit and miss. I would recommend looking online and reserving for in-store collection. Whilst you have to pay for the goods delivery is free to storeif your not 100% sure you want to purchase the item or not.
Multiple delivery options are available such as collecting in store, at a local Asda (charge applies) or home delivery (charge applies. Check the Decathlon website for more information about delivery charges.
No special services are available.
All of my sons’s base layers are generally purchased from Decathlon, the price and quality are very good and seeing as he uses them on hard regularly he does get through quite a lot! Decathlon is very well priced but as stated previously this is because most of their products are their own brand.
The views and opinions in this blog are entirely my own and are based on my personal experiences with Decathlon. I am not affiliated to Decathlon or any of its competitors.