South Shields players at first-team and Academy level have followed in the footsteps of supporters and club officials by donating to the Tickets To The Future initiative.

More than 500 season tickets for the 2020-21 campaign have now been snapped up after a surge in sales over recent days.

Over 80 of those are junior tickets which have been donated back to the club to distribute to deserving children ahead of the season, with the assistance of SSFC Foundation.

Club captain and Head of Professional Development Jon Shaw, centre-back Dillon Morse, goalkeeper Ross Coombe and teenage talents Will Jenkins and Sam Hodgson are among those to have donated tickets to the initiative.

Midfielder Nathan Lowe, meanwhile, donated a child AND adult season ticket, while Academy players Joe Lockey, Joe Ames, Aaron Steavens and Ben Errington all added tickets to the fund, as did Academy graduate Will McCamley, who is now with Huddersfield Town.

Jordan Hunter – who excelled on loan with the Mariners from Sunderland in the 2019-20 campaign – also provided two child season tickets.

He said: “I think everyone knows how much I loved the last season at the club.

“I donated because you can see how much the club means to the town and this initiative will help to get children through the gates who wouldn’t normally get the chance to, and gives them an opportunity to have that enjoyment on a Saturday afternoon.

“It has been great to see so many people get on board with it and hopefully it continues to go from strength to strength, and then next season those young fans can watch the team achieve the promotion we deserved to get this year.”

The Tickets To The Future initiative was kicked off by Shields supporter Jeff Bell, who lives in London. He purchased eight child season tickets for the 2020-21 campaign before donating them back to the club.

Jeff’s wish was for the tickets to be given to deserving children who would not usually have the opportunity to attend games at Mariners Park. The club has committed to working with SSFC Foundation to identify those children.

After Jeff’s generosity was publicised on social media, a host of other figures came forward to donate tickets.

Among them were club officials Bob and Viv Scott, Daniel Prince, Colin Docherty, Kev Wilson and Janet Davies.

One supporter, who wished to remain anonymous, donated 10 junior tickets on Friday and the total amount of donations is expected to exceed 100 in the coming days.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

Those who would like to make a donation of either junior, concession or adult season tickets for the 2020-21 campaign – or indeed buy a season ticket for themselves – can do so in one of two ways.

Please call 0191 454 7800 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays to buy and donate over the phone, or click here to buy online. If you buy online and would like to donate your ticket(s), please follow up your purchase by sending an email signalling your intention to do so to info@southshieldsfc.co.uk.

Thank you for the continued outstanding support and we hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy.

Early Bird season tickets for the 2020-21 campaign at Mariners Park continue to sell well, and have already broken through the 250 mark.

Since going on sale less than three weeks ago, sales have been superb as fans show their backing for South Shields FC during an uncertain period for not just football clubs, but supporters themselves. This is hugely appreciated by everyone at Mariners Park.

The next milestone to hit is 300 sales and we are confident that we can hit this target this week.

We appreciate that not all supporters will be able to commit at this time but please remember that we are massively grateful for your backing, whatever form that takes, and we look forward to welcoming you back to Mariners Park whenever we are able to do so.

The Early Bird period is to remain open until at least Friday, May 1st.

Supporters who have already purchased a season ticket are advised that the club is not currently in a position to print them, as the office at Mariners Park is closed. However, as soon as the office is operational again we will endeavour to get the tickets ready for collection. All season ticket holders will be issued with new cards ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

If you have not yet signed up for a 2020-21 season ticket and would like to do so, purchases can be made 24 hours a day online by clicking here.

Alternatively, please call 0191 454 7800 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays to make an order, or email info@southshieldsfc.co.uk if you have any further queries. Those who would like to renew their seat in the stand are asked to call 0191 454 7800 as this option is not available online.

Early Bird season tickets cost from £170 for adults, £135 for students and over-65s and £35 for under-16s.

Supporters also now have the opportunity to sign up for season tickets through a Direct Debit scheme, which costs from £20 for adults, £16 for students and over-65s, and £4 for under-16s.

Thank you for your continued support.

South Shields supporters have again shown their tremendous commitment to the club by snapping up Early Bird season tickets for the 2020-21 campaign.

A little over two weeks since going on sale, more than 200 season tickets have already been purchased and that figure is rising significantly by the day.

It has been another magnificent show of support by the club’s fanbase in such uncertain times for people of all walks of life.

Early Bird season tickets cost from £170 for adults, £135 for students and over-65s and £35 for under-16s. The Early Bird offer will continue until at least May 1st.

Supporters also now have the opportunity to sign up for season tickets through a Direct Debit scheme, which costs from £20 for adults, £16 for students and over-65s, and £4 for under-16s.

Season tickets can be bought by clicking here, sending an email to info@southshieldsfc.co.uk or calling 0191 454 7800 between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Those looking to purchase a seat in the stand are asked to either call or email, rather than using the website.

Thank you for the continued outstanding support. We grow together.