Colin Docherty is to step down as business development manager at South Shields FC after 16 months in the role.

He will leave his position on August 6th with the warmest best wishes of everyone at the club as he looks to spend more time with his family.

This was Colin’s second period working with the club, having previously been commercial manager between 2015 and 2016.

Everyone at the club would like to thank him for his efforts and wish him the very best for the future.

Colin and his family will always be welcome at 1st Cloud Arena.

South Shields FC is delighted to launch its 2021-22 Nike away kit.

Following the successful launch of the home strip last month, the striking volt coloured shirt, complete with black shorts and volt socks, will become the club’s signature alternative kit for the season ahead.

The kit is available to purchase from the club’s online store, which is run by Kitlocker.com, now by clicking here.

The new strip will be worn by the players for the first time in Saturday’s pre-season friendly against Stockton Town at 1st Cloud Arena.

It features the logo of the club’s first-team main shirt sponsor, Complete Fabrication Services (CFS), as well as the famous Nike swoosh.

CFS Managing Director Darren Carlisle is featured in the publicity images alongside Shields players Jordan Hunter and Nathan Lowe.

The kit features a volt coloured shirt, which is a signature electric green-yellow variant that is used in several athletic products by Nike. It is completed by black shorts and volt socks.

South Shields FC business development manager Colin Docherty said: “We received a stunning response to the launch of our new home kit last month and we are equally as excited to reveal our away strip to supporters.

“It represents a break from the colour themes we have used with our away kits over recent seasons and has a striking look which we hope will capture the imagination of the fanbase.

“We’d like to again thank our main shirt sponsor, CFS, for their continued support and it is fantastic to see their branding take pride of place on this new strip.

“The release of the away kit further adds to our excitement ahead of the new season and supporters can look forward to seeing it in the flesh for the first time on Saturday.”

The CEFO CFS Challenge Trophy will be on the line when Blyth Spartans host South Shields in pre-season this month.

Both clubs recently announced partnerships with CFS and CEFO Group, signalling the group of companies’ tremendous and continued commitment to supporting non-league football in the North East.

The CFS logo will be featured on all South Shields first-team and replica shirts for the 2021-22 season as part of an exciting link-up between the club and CEFO Group, which is also Blyth’s main sponsor.

The match between the sides will take place on Saturday, July 24 at Croft Park and it has now been confirmed they will be competing for silverware as the support of CFS and CEFO Group for both sides is further strengthened.

CEFO Group chief executive officer John Wood said: “What an exciting prelude to the new season for both clubs!

“Our whole reason for sponsoring both clubs is to invest in, and bring together, the community of the North East.

“What better way to do this than a pre-season challenge match between two of the region’s most popular clubs? Good luck to both Spartans and South Shields!”

South Shields FC Head of Business Development Colin Docherty said: “The support CFS and CEFO Group are showing for non-league football in our region is remarkable.

“I’m sure both clubs are united in their gratitude for the backing the companies have provided during what has been and continues to be a hugely uncertain time for sides at our level, and this game provides an opportunity for us to demonstrate our thanks.

“It is sure to be as competitive a pre-season friendly as you can get between two well-supported clubs looking to fine-tune their preparations for the new campaign and with a trophy on the line, the occasion is one to truly look forward to.”

Blyth Spartans chairman Tony Platten said: “Blyth, like South Shields, look forward to at last playing a game in front of our enthusiastic supporters and hope that the lifting of some Covid restrictions will allow this to happen.

“We know the team from CEFO and CFS from previous seasons and we hope that we can now help to give them the exposure they deserve for their support of local football.”

CFS is CEFO Group’s dedicated engineering and fabrication division, providing advanced services for multiple sectors including the global oil and gas, marine and renewables industries.

With an extensive fabrication facility based on the River Tyne, CFS also operates from strategic quayside and port locations throughout the UK.

A client-focused and innovative approach to delivering successful projects ensures that CFS remains ahead of the curve in meeting the operational needs of its clients.

CEFO Group is an independent private equity investment company that specialises in the acquisition and development of existing market-leading businesses, as well as the creation of new enterprises in sectors with high growth potential.

The group’s portfolio encompasses highly entrepreneurial companies driven by strong leadership across multiple sectors including engineering, fabrication, offshore, maritime, automotive, construction and cybersecurity.

Further exciting details regarding CEFO Group’s support for South Shields FC will be announced in the coming weeks.