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Posted: Thu 16 Feb 2017
Author: Patrick Tinkler
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“Today was a fantastic day for the players and the newly reformed Junior Gulls,” - Torquay United player-manager Kevin Nicholson.

AROUND 40 Junior Gulls made the trip to our Seale Hayne training ground today to spend some time with the 1st team, and then enjoy some lunch at Hannahs at Seale Hayne.

The Junior Gulls are the junior age range of the Torquay United Official Supporters’ Club.

They were presented with a series of football drills which were manned by members of the 1st team.

The team enjoyed their time with the Junior Gulls and we hope they gained from the coaching they received.

“Today was a fantastic day for the players and the newly reformed Junior Gulls,” said Kevin Nicholson.

“I think Bernard Noble [TUOSC founder] deserves a huge amount of credit for how much he’s achieved since my chance meeting with him at a charity event 6 months ago.

“To have set up TUOSC and got it thriving so quickly, along with his help on matchdays , and the restarting the Junior Gulls – I think he has done brilliantly.

“I’m so pleased we are really getting back out there and encouraging our future generations of supporters – they all seemed to have a great day.

“It was a great day,” said club captain Courtney Richards.

“It was good to interact with so many young fans and to help coach them. I was on the crossbar challenge and it was great to see their faces when they hit the crossbar.”

“It didn’t always happen but when you could help them by giving them little pointers and achieve what they wanted to achieve it was a rewarding feeling. That was the best part of the day for me.

“I wanted to say a massive thank you to the parents and children that came. I don’t they quite understand that for us as players, it’s a pleasure and a privilege that young fans look up to us as heroes and role models. It’s our pleasure when we have the opportunity to interact with them. Signing posters, pictures, and shirts helps to make their day – it’s a pleasure for us to do. We’re always up for how we can give back.”

“It was great to show the kids the training ground,” said vice-captain Aman Verma.

“I helped run the dribbling challenge and it was great to see some of the younger fans because I know some of the parents from seeing them on a matchdays. It was enjoyable to see the younger fans progressing, and you could tell that some of the kids must play for their local sides.

“It’s always good to work with the community because they are who we are playing for. We are representing the whole of Torquay. It was nice to meet them run some drills and then have some tea with them after. It was great to get to know them better.”

TUOSC Junior Gulls 15-02-17

We’ll bring you more reaction and media from the day but the last word should go to Bernard Noble, Chair of TUOSC.

“To see so many Junior Gulls (and their parents/ guardians) enjoying the day was a real pleasure and it makes all the preparation and planning that goes into an event like this very much worthwhile, said Bernard.

“One dad told me that his son had been dressed in full football kit at 6am anticipating the day’s activities.  I must thank Kevin, his staff and all the players for being so onside with this fabulous day.  To see the beaming faces of the youngsters was a real joy and I must take this opportunity to thank all the mums and dads, granddads and grandmas who came along to give their support.

“The life blood of any supporters' club are the junior members, and we must continue to encourage them to take part in supporting their club.  The TUOSC committee will do all it can to carry this momentum forward and we are already planning our next event".

TUOSC Junior Gulls Kev Crowd 16-02-17 T

There is more to come from the day and you can expect a video going out on our Youtube channel officialtufc soon. Why not subscribe!


We’d like to thank all of the Junior Gulls and their parents/guardians for visiting us. We hope you enjoyed your day.