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.”

Former Sunderland, Middlesbrough and Blackburn Rovers striker Danny Graham visited 1st Cloud Arena on Friday after his clothing company won a major sponsorship draw.

Danny’s business, Fugati, entered the raffle to win sponsorship of one of the most popular stands at the ground for the 2020-21 season and was randomly selected as the winner.

Fugati’s name now takes pride of place alongside that of the Simonside Branch, who generously donated £1,000 to the raffle in order to name it the Sima Shed.

Danny, whose former clubs also include Swansea City, Watford and Leeds United, said: “I’m delighted that Fugati has linked up with South Shields FC by winning the stand sponsorship raffle.

“As a Gateshead boy, I know the importance of non-league football in the area and what it means to people here.

“For my clothing brand to now be involved with a club as progressive and integral to its community as South Shields is fantastic and hopefully this will be the start of a long and successful relationship.

“I love the set-up at South Shields and it’s clearly a club on the up.

“I wish them all the very best for the season ahead and hope they get the promotion they deserve.”

South Shields FC Business Development Manager Colin Docherty said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Danny Graham to 1st Cloud Arena after Fugati won the stand sponsorship raffle.

“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered the draw for their support, as the raffle provided much-needed funds for the club during a time of great uncertainty.

“The Simonside Branch in particular deserve a huge amount of praise not only for their support of this draw, but also the continued backing they show us with other regular initiatives, not to mention the incredible vocal support they give us during games.

“The Simonside Branch, Supporters Alliance and several other supporter groups have been nothing short of fantastic during the summer in the way they have supported us.

“We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our magnificent sponsors for their continued support.

“They have been simply outstanding throughout this difficult period for all concerned, and we are excited about the opportunity of further growing those relationships in the months and years to come, to make our sponsors feel a bigger part of South Shields FC than ever before.”

Visit Fugati’s website at www.fugati.co.uk.