Club strike landmark four-year kit supplier deal
Truro City manager Paul Wotton and midfielder Will Dean are pictured with the team’s new shirts at the official kit launch in Barnstaple on Monday. Photo Colin Bradbury
7th July 2021
By Gareth Davies
Truro City have agreed a four year kit deal with Barnstaple based supplier MJM Sports. Under the terms of the agreement, all City’s technical and playing attire will be supplied by Italian manufacturer Errea via MJM.
The three new playing kits for next season were unveiled at MJM’s headquarters on Monday and with the Voice in attendance, Truro’s football consultant Alex Black said that this new deal gives the club ‘security’ and ‘stability’.
“The first ambition when we took over the football club, rightly or wrongly, was that we had to get everything on the pitch as good as it could be,” he began. “The priority was getting a team on the pitch with a management structure and hopefully that side of the club will really start to settle down. “
“We will hopefully reap the benefits of having the most settled side Truro have had for a long time and now we can start working on all the off-field stuff. “
“I know it sounds like a basic thing but having a good quality kit to play in and the security of a long-term deal for a supplier is great. We have been with MJM before and the club were before we got involved too, but now there is some real continuity. “
“It goes beyond the kit because we want the players to look as professional as possible whilst travelling and training. It is all about raising standards and we are trying to operate as close to a professional football club as we can do.”
“We always have to acknowledge that we’re not, but we’re always aiming to get to.” Terry Schofield, managing director of MJM Sports revealed that this was the first time that his company had shook hands on an agreement of this length, whilst revealing the deal’s finer points, which include publicity through our Voice and Independent titles.
He added: “It is the first four-year deal that we’ve ever done with a football club and possibly the first ever like this in the Southern League. The way the deal is structured is quite unusual because we have given a gift of kit of approximately £15,000 from MJM Sports and not Errea with publication in local newspapers."
“We have been on the go with this since January which has comprised some Zoom meetings and a personal visit to our headquarters from Errea. There hasn’t been time to a sample, but I have put my trust in a brand I’ve worked with since 2003 although there is always trepidation when you show someone something for the first time."
"Paul (Wotton) and Alex (Black) seem delighted with it and I hope the players like playing in it.”