Ed Kimber became the first West Ham United fan to get his hands on the new adidas 2013/14 home kit this week when he travelled to the sportswear giant's global headquarters in Germany as part of a unique prize.

Ed won the opportunity to visit the adidas base as an auction prize at the Club's Player Awards dinner in May and enjoyed an unforgettable experience ahead of Wednesday's exclusive kit event for Season Ticket holders.

As well as receiving the first Hammers kit, Kimber was also given an adidas campus tour, including the Walk of Fame, which highlights past milestones and the biggest successes of adidas

An excited Kimber told whufc.com: "It was a brilliant experience, right from when we landed in Germany. We were taken around the adidas HQ, and it's a fantastic brand for West Ham to be aligned with.

"I think there's a real synergy between adidas and West Ham, they are an authentic sports brand and there's an historical relationship - one which enjoyed successful times from the 1980s, and hopefully the new partnership can help us relieve those days.

"The place was full of creative energy and great talent, and it was amazing to be the first West Ham fan to hold the new shirt in my hands.

"I won't forget that and the shirt is fantastic - even better in the flesh than on the pictures I've seen on the website and I can't wait to watch the team when they wear it for the first time in the Premier League against Cardiff City.

"We've renewed our Season Tickets and hopefully we can get a better result than the last time we opened the season against them!"

The new adidas home replica kit goes on sale from the Club's Stores at the Stadium, Liberty Romford and Lakeside Thurrock (click here for opening times) and online at www.officialwesthamstore.com from Thursday 4 July.

But if you are a Season Ticket Holder, you can visit the Stadium Store for an exclusive shopping evening on Wednesday 3 July from 5.30pm-8pm, to beat the rush and secure your shirt early. Click here for details.