First look at Torquay United's new home and away kits for 2017/18

By Guy_Henderson | Posted: July 05, 2017

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This is the brand-new kit that Gulls fans hope will take Torquay United to the top of the National League next season. United will run out with a new shirt sponsor and new home and away kits, unveiled for the first time today.

The home kit features different shades of United's trademark yellow, with the sleeves a different shade from the main body. The club's new badge also features on the shirt along with the logo of sponsors CSUK. The away shirt is white with silver/grey sleeves.

Today's launch features pictures showing United's players modelling the new kit on Torquay harbourside and Meadfoot Beach.

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The boss of Torquay United's new shirt sponsors, CSUK, has signed an initial one-year deal with the Gulls, but he says: "We're looking to be involved long-term."

CSUK have taken over from Newton Abbot's 420 Skatestore chain.

Neil Pardon, founder and managing director of Plymouth-based Custom Surface UK, first became interested in the Gulls when his son Jimmy played for United's former Youth Academy more than five years ago.

He developed a friendship with Geoff Harrop, who was head of the Academy then and is now United's general manager.

"We've kept in touch over the last few years, and when Geoff told me what (chairman) Clarke Osborne's plans for the club were and how he wanted to take it forward, I got more interested," said Pardon.

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"The sponsorship fits very well with our business, and the work we do right across the south of England.

"We pipped a few other interested people to the post in getting this shirt deal.

"Part of the attraction of the sponsorship package is to come and watch United's games, and to give the guys we employ the chance of a day out.

"They are all keen to get involved.

"In this part of the world you also have Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City, and we are obviously based in Plymouth.

"We have not become involved with Argyle, although the chance to do so has been there, but this stadium at Plainmoor is fantastic and there is a lot going on behind the scenes to make things even better here.

"We've agreed just a one-year deal to start with, but I very much hope that it won't stop there.

"We are looking to be involved long-term."

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Former Royal Navy marine engineer Pardon has developed a business which delivers emergency repairs and maintenance programmes.

Its higher profile customers include Tesco, Sainsburys, Boots, Hugo Boss, GWR and Arriva.

The shirt sponsorship comes on the back of a new kit deal with Nike and Newton Abbot online giant Pro:Direct.

Harrop commented: "I am over the moon that we have got a local company, a good brand dealing with major customers, on board and supporting the club.

"I would like to say a big 'Thanks' to 420 Skatestore for all their hard work over the past year, and I am sure they will be doing other things at the club in the future."

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