We are delighted to now be in a position to announce details of the Tickets to The Future initiative for the 2021-22 season.
A large number of incredibly generous South Shields supporters purchased season tickets for the 2020-21 campaign and donated them back to the club. The aim of the scheme was to gift the tickets to deserving individuals and those who would not usually have the opportunity to attend games at 1st Cloud Arena.
The continued impact of the pandemic meant the club was forced to pause the initiative until crowd limits were removed, and now that is the case we have a number of season tickets to give away.
Nominations are now open for deserving new supporters who we hope will become part of our fantastic fanbase moving forward.
South Shields FC chief executive Lee Picton said: “Once again, the generosity of our supporters shone through with this initiative.
“It was yet another example of our fans living our club values, in this case showing the humility to put others before themselves during what were financially testing times during the Covid-19 pandemic.”
The Club has given its Foundation the task of finding worthy recipients.
Foundation manager Steve Camm said: “We’ve given it some careful thought and want to make sure that we are making good choices about how to allocate the tickets.
“We also think it’s appropriate for supporters to be involved in the process.
“We’ve come up with a framework and we’d encourage as many people as possible to get nominations to us by the final whistle on Saturday, August 7th, the day of our home friendly with Gateshead.”
There are three categories:
- Stars of the Future – Every year, a group of 5 and 6-year-olds join our Mini Mariners grassroots football programme. They will go on to play for one of the Foundation junior teams and who knows, in the future may become part of our Academy structure. They will automatically receive a ticket, so no nominations are required.
- Fans of the Future – There will be football mad 5 to 7-year-olds out there who perhaps don’t want to join the Mini Mariners programme but would love to come along and enjoy a matchday experience each week. We’ll draw a number of winners from nominations received.
- Champions of the Future – The final category has three age groups: age 5-11, age 12-16 and adult. We’d love to hear your nominations for this special category. They will be people who have epitomised the club’s values of humility, unity or industry in the last 15 months, for example by putting other people before themselves, working or volunteering in a key role, or inspiring or helping others.
Please email your nominations for categories two and three by Saturday, August 7th to Foundation@southshieldsfc.co.uk
Remember to include:
- Your name
- Their name and age group
- Why they are awesome (in 50 words)
- Their favourite South Shields FC player
The club is delighted to confirm it has successfully applied for funding which will be used to provide a major boost to its provision for female footballers.
Clubs in the Pitching In Northern Premier League were eligible to apply for up to £5,000 for community projects via the Trident Community Foundation, which was set up last summer as a joint project between the three Trident leagues and title sponsor Pitching In.
The focus of our project will be to engage more girls in football by driving new programmes which will be designed to provide more pathways for youngsters with a passion for the game.
South Shields FC chief executive Lee Picton said: “As a club we are committed to providing the best possible opportunities and pathways for all young people in our community to enjoy playing football and to have the best experience while doing so.
“We recognise that our current provision for female participants can be vastly improved and we now intend to address that situation by utilising the grant funding we have received from the Trident Community Foundation.
“We see the development of girls’ and women’s football as an important part of our strategic growth plan and this funding will allow us to invest in the human resource required to drive new initiatives and programmes in this area.
“We are hugely grateful to the Trident Community Foundation for supporting our efforts to improve our female provision and look forward to seeing this aspect of our club blossom in the months and years to come.”
Season tickets for the 2021-22 campaign are to go on general sale on Tuesday – with prices to remain the same for the fourth consecutive year.
Supporters will be able to secure entry to all league games from prices of £170 for adults, £135 for concessions and £35 for under-16s, with direct debit options also to be available when tickets go on sale on Tuesday, April 13.
Seats are being made available to purchase in the planned new main stand as well as the existing seated stand, with current seated season ticket holders to be given the opportunity to secure seats before they go on general sale. Balcony season tickets will also be on sale.
Supporters are asked not to visit the club to attempt to purchase season tickets in person, as the office is currently closed.
The quickest and easiest way to secure your season ticket, in light of the human resource currently available to the club, is online.
If any supporter is unable to buy online, please call us on 0191 454 7800 between 9am and 5pm – but be aware that there is the potential for significant delays due to the limited resources available.
A record number of Mariners signed up for a season ticket ahead of what proved to be a curtailed campaign in 2020-21, and excitement is growing again as coronavirus restrictions slowly lift and another new campaign looms into view.
South Shields FC chief executive Lee Picton said: “Everyone at the club is greatly looking forward to the 2021-22 season, which promises to be a hugely exciting one for everyone involved in football.
“As we make preparations to welcome supporters back to 1st Cloud Arena in large numbers, we are committed to ensuring they enjoy the best matchday experience they have ever had here.
“The planned new main stand, the additional covered area behind the goal at the factory end, the improved walking surface throughout the ground and extensive pitch renovations are just some of the changes fans can expect, with more surprises to follow ahead of the new season.
“We simply can’t wait to welcome our magnificent supporters back and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank all of them once again for the way they have supported us during such a testing period.
“Understandably, some of our supporters requested a refund on their 2020-21 season ticket in light of the fact the campaign was curtailed and this has been such a difficult time financially for so many, but it was staggering to see how many people opted to waive their refund, which has hugely helped the club’s financial health. A massive thanks go to them all.
“We’re excited to now confirm season ticket prices for the 2021-22 campaign and hope as many supporters as possible join us on the journey as we continue to grow together.
“I’m sure the atmosphere at 1st Cloud Arena next season is going to be something to behold.”
Existing seated season ticket holders are asked to contact the club by 5pm on Monday to indicate if they would like to renew their seat or switch to a different seat before they go on general sale, with an option to move over to the planned new main stand. To contact us, please call 0191 454 7800 or send an email to email@example.com.
The club anticipates that the new main stand will be in place by the start of the 2021-22 campaign, but if it is not operational by then, any season tickets bought within it will be refunded on a pro-rata, match-by-match basis until it is operational.
The South Shields FC 2021-22 season ticket prices are as follows…
Adults: General entry £170, Balcony £210, Seated £230
Concessions (over-65s, students, disabled): General entry £135, Balcony £165, Seated £185
Under-16s: General entry £35, Balcony £65, Seated £100
For those who select the direct debit option, which is paid in nine installments, the monthly prices are…
Adults: General entry £20, Balcony £24, Seated £26
Concessions (over-65s, students, disabled): General entry £16, Balcony, £19, Seated £21
Under-16s: General entry £4, Balcony £8, Seated £12
Season tickets will go on sale online at 9am on Tuesday, April 13.