Pescara's rainbow of hope in coronavirus: 6-year-old designs new dolphin kit for Italian club

A six-year-old boy in Italy has won a competition designed to find Serie B club Pescara a new jersey for when football returns following the coronavirus crisis.

The competition was designed to help children avoid boredom during the coronavirus lockdown, with its motto "give a kick to COVID-19."

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The club said they received hundreds of applications but Luigi D'Agostino's design of a dolphin and rainbow on the team's traditional blue won. The jersey will also have "By Luigi" on the sleeve and will be used by the club's players before matches as part of their training kit.

The dolphin is the club's mascot, while the club said the rainbow represents hope.

"Here is the jersey designed by 6-year-old Luigi D'Agostino, who won the contest to 'Draw the Special Jersey of Delfino,'" the club said on their website.

"With the blue interrupted by a rainbow of hope, a dolphin plays with a ball in the waves of the sea; a perfect synthesis if you think it was created by a 6-year-old pencil, which now gives us all that hope and the desire to start again."

Italian jersey company Errea, based in Parma, will make the jersey and have invited Luigi to their factory to see his creation come to life.

The club, full name Pescara Calcio 1936, played in Serie A for seven seasons in their history. They were 14th in the Serie B table before the league was indefinitely suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Millions of people have been in lockdown in Italy since March 9 as the coronavirus forced the closure of schools and businesses.