South Shields Football Club is pleased to confirm that it has obtained planning permission to allow it to continue with the next stage of development at 1st Cloud Arena.

Work will now commence on erecting a new main stand which will be situated adjacent to Shaftesbury Avenue and is designed to seat more than 900 spectators.

Should all construction targets be met, the stand will be operational in time for the start of the 2021-22 season to further enhance the matchday experience enjoyed by supporters. Some of the facilities the club plans to house within the stand are likely to take a longer period to complete.

Permission has also been granted for the build of another stand, to be positioned behind the goal adjacent to the 3G pitch, but there is no short-term prospect of construction starting on this aspect of the ground development project. The club will further assess the immediate viability of the build of that stand over the next 12 months.

The club would like to thank South Tyneside Council for their support of the project and we look forward to welcoming supporters back to what promises to be a new-look and much-improved 1st Cloud Arena as soon as possible.

Progress made on the new stand will be shared in the weeks ahead and supporters are reminded that season tickets with seats in it are available to purchase. To secure your seat, please click here and follow the instructions.

There are also a number of exciting commercial opportunities related to the new stand, including the opportunity for supporters, sponsors or businesses to purchase an executive box within it on a seasonal basis. More details will be made available in due course but enquiries can be made by sending an email to info@southshieldsfc.co.uk.

After the Prime Minister announced the country’s potential roadmap out of lockdown on Monday, the club has begun its plans for the safe return of events to 1st Cloud Arena and Harton Welfare.

Provisional bookings for functions at both venues can now be made for dates from June onwards, with both function rooms and the marquee available for hire at 1st Cloud Arena, as well as the function facilities at Harton Welfare.

Further details will be released in due course, but anyone who would like to secure a date in the diary early can do so now.

Please email colin.docherty@southshieldsfc.co.uk and louise.hutchinson@southshieldsfc.co.uk with any enquiries.

We look forward to hopefully welcoming you back to our facilities soon.

South Shields Football Club is excited to announce that it has submitted a revised planning application for the development of 1st Cloud Arena.

The plans include the erection of a new stand on the Shaftesbury Avenue side of the ground which will seat in excess of 900 supporters.

The club is committed to building the new stand at the earliest opportunity, subject to approval, but recognises the uncertainty the pandemic brings and will therefore assess upcoming Government announcements to ensure it commits to this capital expenditure at the correct time.

The planning application also features a proposal for another new stand, to be positioned behind the goal adjacent to the 3G pitch, but the club must stress that it does not intend for this to be built within the next 12 months, and has submitted it as part of its plans to allow it to further assess the immediate viability of this part of the project over the next year.

Over the coming months, the standing areas at 1st Cloud Arena will also be tarmacked to ensure an even surface around the perimeter of the ground, while pitch renovation work will take place and the ageing pitchside barrier will be replaced.

South Shields FC Chairman Geoff Thompson said: “Over the last six years, our supporters have been absolutely central to our growth as a club.

“We have always been dedicated to providing them with the best possible matchday experience and that is what has motivated us to press ahead with our ground redevelopment plans.

“We are committed to building the new stand as soon as possible but when that will be is highly dependent on the timing of approval being granted, the Covid restrictions which are in place at that time and when matches are set to return to 1st Cloud Arena.

“The fruition of these plans would be another major step in the progress of our club as we look to build our infrastructure and ensure the ground meets the specifications required by the leagues above our current level.

“This last year has been hugely difficult for all involved at the club and our revenues have been severely hit, but the support of our magnificent fans and sponsors has been incredible and we hope our ground development plans will excite everyone concerned.

“We’d like to thank everyone who continues to support us in whatever way they can. Please continue to stay safe and hopefully we can give you something to look forward to in the not too distant future.”