South Shields’ first pre-season training session took place on Saturday – with senior and reserve team players taking part.

It was held at Mortimer Community College, and although a number of players were unavailable because of work and holiday commitments, preparations for the 2016-17 campaign got underway.

In the video above, first-team coach Mark Scott reflects on the session, and looks ahead to the season as Shields ready themselves for a “new chapter”.

You can view a full set of images from the training session – captured by Peter Talbot – on Facebook here: Pre-season training, June 25, 2016

The images will be available to view on Flickr on Monday.

The club is pleased to confirm its pre-season schedule ahead of the 2015-16 campaign.

All fixtures are subject to change.

Saturday, July 11: Darlington (h)

Tuesday, July 14: Spennymoor XI (h)

Saturday, July 18: Boldon CA (a)

Wednesday, July 22: Shankhouse (a)

Friday, July 24: Horden (a)

Tuesday, July 28: Whitley Bay (h)

Saturday, August 1: Newton Aycliffe (h)

Tuesday, August 4: Norton & Stockton Ancients (h)

The club can now confirm its pre-season schedule for the forthcoming campaign.

Pre-season training will begin on Saturday, June 28, with seven friendlies scheduled to take place in July.

The first game is away at Billingham Synthonia on Saturday, July 5, with kick-off at 3pm.

The next is away at Ashington on Tuesday, July 15, with kick-off at 7pm.

The Mariners will travel to play Horden CW on Saturday, July 19, for a 3pm kick-off.

The next fixture is at Crook Town on Tuesday, July 22, for a 7.30pm kick-off.

On Saturday, July 26, Shields will take on West Auckland Town in a 3pm away fixture.

Two days later, the Mariners will play Spennymoor Town at Peterlee in a 7.30pm kick-off.

The final confirmed fixture is on Wednesday, July 30, when Shields will play Boldon CA away in the Sam Bartram Cup. Kick-off is at 7.30pm.