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Best school bags for primary and secondary 2020

It’s back to school time, that means it’s all about kids beating one another to the coveted title of ‘best new bag’. Here’s the lowdown on the best deals.

Nike and adidas backpacks in black silver and yellow on a dark background with best school bags 2020 title

It’s been a while since the kids have been able to go into school, but they’ll return (somewhat) to normality come September. What will they be concerned with? The economy? Nope. Who’s got the best bag, that’s the one.

At FOOTY.COM, we scour the internet daily to find the best deals for back to school. We know you’re busy sorting the other million jobs that this period brings with it, so we’re trying to help you by gathering some of the winners we’ve spotted. Backpacks, gym bags, lunch bags? We’ve got you covered...

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Bags for primary school age children

Rucksacks / Backpacks

Nike CR7 Kids' Football Backpack - Black

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He’s a God to grown adults, so he’s definitely a God to primary-age children. Cristiano Ronaldo’s domination doesn’t end on the pitch, mainly because Nike have produced everything you can imagine within his signature ‘CR7’ range

The bag itself is black, which will help to hide those inevitable scuffs and scrapes. It features a contrast white bubble design with orange CR7 and Swoosh logos, two zip areas and plenty of storage space. He’s a winner, and this bag is sure to win on the playground too. 


adidas x Marvel Spider-Man Graphic Backpack - Black

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We can’t think of a single kid under the age of 11 that hasn’t, at some point, wanted to be Spider-Man. We know we all did. The closest thing? Having the legendary character emblazoned across everything that we owned. Let your kid celebrate their hero with this classic adidas backpack.

Made by adidas, so you know you’re getting quality and durability. Black with Spider-Man graphics on the outer and sporting recognisable ‘WHAM!’ and ‘VROOOM’ pop-ups. Our Spidey-sense is tingling with this one.


Fila Malmo (Mini) Backpack - Transparent / Iridescent

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A heritage brand that’s made a big comeback on the kids’ scene in recent years, Fila. This bag has wow factor and can work for both boys and girls. It’s partially see through which stands it out from most ‘normal’ bags, and the iridescent glimmer means everyone has to take a look.

It’s worth noting that the bag is a ‘mini’ which means there’s not quite as much room as other bags, but still plenty for primary school children to cart their workbooks and pencil cases around. Get one of these and make your child the talk of the school.


Gym Bags / Gym Sacks

adidas Cleofus Print Gym Sack - Black

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Who says physical education has to be boring? This fun bag from adidas x Cleofus (the popular artist) adds some vibrancy to the usual black gym sack. The adidas logo is filled with fun cartoons and quirky drawings which are coupled with mint coloured draw cords. Hey, there’s even a handy side pocket. 


Nike Kids' Graphic Gym Sack - Black

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Made for kids, girl or boy. Nike is the most well-known name in the game, and kids who own a bag like this will be too. Stylish, thick drawstrings, durable, black; it ticks all the boxes. Be prepared to be asked a hundred times where you got it from, because it’s an absolute snip at around £10. 


Lunch Bag

Nike Fuel Pack Lunch Bag - Blue

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Taking in your own lunch never used to be cool, but now it’s cooler than ever before. This Nike lunch bag has enough space for all your kids’ fuel needs, with an added big splash of ‘Just Do It’ on the design. Available in a range of colours and fitted out with PEVA insulation technology, it can keep everything fresh until it’s time to replenish some energy. 

Bags for secondary school age children

Rucksacks / Backpacks

Nike Just Do It (Mini) Backpack - Yellow

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Wipe clean, that’s the dream. This vibrant, durable backpack is a mini edition and comes in pink and yellow. It uses the recognisable Nike Air log across the front, with two main compartments and two side pockets. It’s an attention-seeker that’s for sure, which is why we know everyone in the school is going to want it.


adidas Mini Backpack - Silver

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Another ‘mini’ number but don’t worry, they aren’t actually that small. We love the mesmerising geometric design on the outer, which shimmers with a rainbow effect in the light. The classic adidas Trefoil logo can be seen in each square, reminding the other kids who’s really got style.


Nike Classic Kids' Printed Backpack - Black

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What’s better than one Nike Swoosh? A hundred Nike Swooshes! Go overboard with branding on this lively backpack, which does well not to overpower the senses. The contrast pocket keeps things in check, but the colourful design gives it edge. This is going to turn heads in the new term.


Gym Bags / Gym Sacks

Nike Kids’ Graphic Gym Sack - Blue

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Sometimes, keeping it simple has the most impact. This is a strong example, plain colouring with a Swoosh-struck Nike logo. The product is durable and washable, as you’d expect with a gym sack and it’s available in a couple of colour choices. Unisex and simple, an easy win for around £10.


Nike Phantom Gym Sack - Black / Pink

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Nike have recently released their Phantom GT football boots, and everyone wants them. If your kid is lucky enough to own a pair, couple them up with this fantastic looking Phantom gym sack. Black with high contrast pink plus an extra zip pocket for shin pad storage. Not only useful for football, these will easily hold the latest Nike trainers and PE kit too.


Lunch Bag

Nike Unisex Lunch Bag - Black / Pink

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This is a real beauty, keeping lunch fresh has never looked so stylish. Strong Nike branding is entwined with copper zipping, pastel colours and brazen pink. It has all the PEVA-lined compartments your child will ever need, plus it’s durable enough to last the entire year and more.

Kevan Thorpe

Quintessential grassroots journeyman. I've had more "you look like Gareth Barry" comments than I have career goals.