International Surrey Football could be going sponsorless on their men’s home and away kits from the start of 2021. Surrey’s current home 2019-20 shirts notably featured 4 sponsor logos on the kit to ensure it was funded at no expense for the fledgling team and featured Pilgrim Brewery, CW Sport Radio, Follow the Trawler Podcast and FootballKitBox over their next 3 games, with plans to wear the shirts at their 2020 fixtures dashed following the outbreak of COVID-19 in the UK resulting in the cancellation of all their scheduled games planned in May.
The shirts produced by Godzown Sports were well received by many and was the first kit to feature Surrey’s current stag badge. The idea to aspire towards a sponsorless playing kit is driven by the desire for a cleaner brand for the team and an acknowledgement that COVID-19 will make seeking sponsorships for the foreseeable future tougher for many teams in the county. However, sponsors will be considered if interested sponsors arise, with both home and away kit from 2021, and multi-year arrangements also available.
The team will initially aim to fund its away kit as the team’s home kit will remain available for the foreseeable future. Currently, no plans of what design and manufacturers will be used have been finalised despite ISF releasing a blackout promotional shirt in support of the charity CALM in April with Hope & Glory Sportswear (Pictured below), and therefore the team remains open-minded to ideas and options available to them without currently committing to any supplier.
The team will aspire to release the kit by the new year giving themselves roughly 6 months to source the funding required to cover the production of the first kits and replica shirts are expected to be offered to fans on a limited-time basis once details are confirmed. No time frame for a new home kit has yet been confirmed with the current home kit remaining in use for the foreseeable future, with the away kit given a higher priority.
This plan will not be applied to Surrey women, in large part due to not yet playing in their debut home kit sponsored by Merrist Wood College, CW Sport Radio and Surrey Football TV, but also to continue to their association with the Surrey-based educational programme with Merrist Wood College receiving the first choice to refuse on sponsorship for any planned new kit for the team and having their current home sponsorship extended from the end of 2020, to the end of 2021 as compensation for the delays in the team debuting due to COVID-19.
There are no plans of what will happen with the team’s kit once replaced, the Surrey’s 2018 matchworn kit was sold on to collectors, especially footballkitbox, but it is not yet known what ISF will do with its 2019-20 kit, or their Tigres inspired training tops (pictured below) first worn during the team’s warm-up against the Chagos Islands in late 2019. The plan doesn’t strictly include replacing the Tigres inspired tops and would likely continue to feature sponsors in any new training kit released including tracksuits.
Details of the new kit, where to purchase and when it’ll be available will be made, when confirmed. The shirts will also include the logo and gold tier sponsors for the Southern Frontier Cup, originally planned for May 2020, now pushed back until May 2021, the logo and sponsor of which will feature as a sleeve patch on all shirts.