Newton Aycliffe Youth Football Club have launched a striking new-look home kit for their players.
The club partnered with Middlesbrough firm Farrelly’s, who provided an initial choice of 14 options.
They were narrowed down to two, with managers and coaches across all age groups voting on the final option.
Club Chairman Martin Smails said: “I played for the club as a young lad , then progressed to coaching and managing teams before becoming chairman and it was important to me that the new strip had our traditional royal blue colours.”
As well as the outfield strip, the designers produced two unique goalkeeper designs which were offered to goalkeepers with a choice of colours.
Lockdown delayed production of the kit until the kit manufacturer could return to work fully.
Club secretary Berni Borsberry said: “It was a frustrating time for everyone at the club, we knew that eventually lockdown would be lifted and football would restart, but only then could manufacturing commence.
“However, the result was a unique strip that all our players would be proud to wear.”
The official launch of the new strip was set for the weekend October 31, just as the second lock down was announced, with all grass roots football suspended again.
“But we’re all hopeful that we can all proudly wear our new strip as soon as possible,” added Berni.
Newton Aycliffe Youth Football Club are an FA Charter Standard Community Club, established over 30 years ago, in 1989.
The club provides football for over 300 boys and girls from four-years-old to adult, giving a clear path for the children to fulfil their football ambitions.