South Shields FC has become a member of the North East England Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber is the North East’s largest member organisation, representing around 3,000 businesses. From small and medium-sized enterprises to multi-nationals, it brings business people together across a range of member events. The chamber has been in existence for over 200 years.

To follow on from our success on the pitch, we want to extend the success off the pitch too.

Mariners Park has fantastic facilities to use on non-matchdays: there are two fantastic function rooms available for hire for business meetings, conferences and exhibitions as well as weddings, christenings and parties.

The new addition over the summer has been a marquee, which can hold over 200 guests and is available to hire all year round.

David Mitchell, South Shields FC’s Commercial Director, said: “Joining the NEECC is a huge step for the club and shows that we have ambition to expand on our recent success on the pitch.

“Becoming a member opens us up to thousands of businesses in the area, who know of us, but don’t know the fantastic facilities we have available here at Mariners Park.

“We want to work closely with the Chamber, for them to assist us in connecting us to all of these new businesses in the North East.

“We will be looking to be hosting Chamber events, as well as giving Chamber members some offers to come to South Shields FC.”

South Shields Reserves will look to get back to winning ways on Wednesday when they travel to Sunderland West End in the Wearside League.

A two-match winning run for Leepaul Scroggins’ side was ended on Saturday when they fell to a 5-2 defeat against Silksworth CW, with first-team duo Louis Storey and Harrison Scott both playing the full 90 minutes.

Leon McKeith and Matthew Lee were on target in that game for the Mariners, who sit 13th in the table.

If you would like to support the team at Sunderland West End, the post code of the ground – Ford Quarry Complex – is SR4 0HB.

Meanwhile, if you would like to help out with the reserves by volunteering for any matchday duties, please send an email to info@southshieldsfc.co.uk

South Shields joint manager Lee Picton heaped praise on the huge travelling support after over 500 Mariners cheered their team to a 3-1 Bank Holiday Monday victory at Scarborough Athletic.

A brace from Luke Sullivan and one from Matty Pattison secured the points for Shields as they continued their 100% start to life in EVO-STIK North.

The game between the league’s early top two attracted a crowd of 1,667 at Flamingo Land Stadium, with a superb atmosphere generated by both sets of supporters.

At the end of the match, Shields’ players and staff showed their appreciation for the terrific and vocal support they had been given throughout.

Picton said: “We had to do that, when hundreds and hundreds of fans had taken time out of their Bank Holiday weekend and spent their money to come down and support the team.

“It really is absolutely heart-warming and uplifting.

“The lads really appreciated the support and we made a point of making sure that was recognised at the end of the game.”

Picton also had praise for the organisation of the staff at Flamingo Land Stadium, and the way Boro kept going at 3-1 and a man down in the second half.

He added: “We worked them really hard, but they kept going right until the end and created a couple of chances in the closing stages.

“They’ve got a very defined gameplan and use Jimmy Beadle very well at the top end, getting players in and around him, which caused us some problems at times.

“I’m sure they’ll cause every other team in the league problems.

“The welcome we were given at the ground, and the organisation, was top-class.

“Congratulations to Scarborough for doing things really well on that side.”

Watch Picton’s full interview at the top of this page.