HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT US?
Decathlon is a family-owned company, founded in 1976, and inspired by the belief that the best sports products should be accessible to everyone. Ever-evolving and high performance design, the best quality at the fairest possible price, and expert advice that customers of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels can access in-store or online, from anywhere, at any time, is what makes us who we are. And we’re pretty proud of that.
International. Lovers of sports. Team players. All religions. All ages. All races. All skin colours. All skill levels. Stronger together. We’re all sports enthusiasts who’ve turned our passion into our job. We come from all over the world; an international community made up of semi-pros, casual participants and complete beginners. We know that you want to play to win for your local team, kickstart your training and compete to the best possible standard because we want those things too. We believe that sport is for everyone. We’re in your corner, designing, making and marketing the gear and equipment we’ll all take to the pitch, park, court, streets, water and track. We are Decathlon and we are stronger together.
Yes, we’re an international sports retailer with 2080 stores in 69 countries, and if you look a little closer, you’ll see we’re so much more. Decathlon is dedicated to helping, inspiring and guiding you through your sports experiences. We believe that discovering new sports and being active – well, it’s an important part of life – and living well shouldn’t just be for a privileged few. The power of people and positivity is at the heart of our business. Our team are sports people who are full of energy and enthusiasm for what we do; we’re encouraged to innovate and improve, and most importantly, to make changes for the better. We take our responsibility to sport and the world seriously, and we strive to anticipate and rise to the challenges that face our society and our environment. Decathlon is not just a reseller. We’re unique because we have our own in-house brands. We are experts in our fields, and we draw on our knowledge and experience to create, design and manufacture our own products in our own studios and labs. Currently, we have over 20 Decathlon brands, each dedicated to a specific sport or practice. And, our family ownership means we’re here for the long term. We reinvest our profits into research and development, helping to lower the cost of participating in sport.
“Our design language: smart, stylish & affordable.” We design our products to be simple yet smart, stylish yet practical, affordable with a focus on quality. Since the beginning, fair prices have been our way of making our products available to as many people as practically possible. Our teams are encouraged to innovate, to question and challenge, to make strategic choices inspired by a global vision, and to design with the user’s needs in mind. Once we’ve imagined the products you’ll take with you to your next match or session, we develop prototypes, then test and retest every single one. No detail goes unnoticed – zips are pulled, backpacks are sweated on, and waterproof fabrics are subjected to heavy downpours, often in the field by experts and customers just like you – and our developers only let the best products through. So, when we say something works, we know it works. Put simply, we believe in our products. That’s why we offer a 365-day returns policy, giving you a whole year to decide if something is right for you.
At Decathlon, our aim is to make sport accessible for all South Africans, and we live by this phrase. In store, we ensure that our products are available to test and try, so you can get a feel for something before deciding to buy it at a price most can afford. When you walk into Decathlon – we want you to pick things up, try them on and play around. We have tents pitched so you can get inside, a golf simulator to test out clubs, dedicated skating areas or bouldering walls, and our experts are always on hand to help, whether that’s answering questions about. Size and fit, providing tips on the best SA hikes or tennis racket grips, or simply giving you the confidence that you’ve found the right kit to discover and pursue your sport. We believe in developing in towns and cities where we are needed, at the pace of the people there, so we continue to open stores and create communities around sport. We’re particularly keen to help children get into sports – in Thailand we built a sports hall for an orphanage of children who either have HIV or whose parents died because of it. Helping them to rediscover the joy of life and laughing through sport is our mission come to life.