An exciting job role has emerged for a highly motivated, skilled and experienced coach to join the team at South Shields FC Foundation.

The full-time opportunity will involve a combination of in-school PE delivery ranging from Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) to Year 6, as well as evening and weekend delivery across a range of football activities.

A particularly exciting part of the role is to co-create a strategy for growing our provision for female players, with a Little Trix programme already in place and the South Shields FC Ladies team continuing to grow in stature.

The club is committed to establishing women’s and girls’ football as an integral part of its delivery and, aligned with the FA strategy ‘Inspiring Positive Change’, we want to ensure that every primary school-aged girl has equal access to football in-school and every girl has equal access to participate for fun, competition and excellence.

The skills and qualities which are essential to this position are:

  • A genuine care for and commitment towards the development of the person inside every player
  • A proven track record of supporting young players across a variety of coaching settings
  • A progressively minded individual with a track record of enhancing coaching practice
  • A commitment to ongoing personal and professional development
  • A positive team player with an appetite to support the development of others

Full details about the role and the qualifications which are desired can be found by clicking here.

To apply for this role, please send an up-to-date CV along with a cover letter to tell us:

  1. What interests you most about this opportunity
  2. One awesome thing about yourself
  3. How you feel you can make a positive contribution to South Shields Football Club

Please forward your completed application to foundation@southshieldsfc.co.uk.

We very much look forward to receiving your application before the advertised closing date, which is Sunday, June 20th.

Throughout lockdown, the South Shields FC Supporters Alliance has been working hard behind the scenes to raise much-needed funds for the club’s charitable foundation.

A weekly Irish Lottery bonus ball draw has accumulated more than £500, which has now been donated to the Foundation.

Foundation Manager Steve Camm said: “We are extremely grateful to the Supporters Alliance for organising the weekly draw and making the Foundation its beneficiary.

“We know that times have been hard for everyone over the last year but once again we are overwhelmed by the generosity of South Shields FC supporters.

“We wanted to make sure that we reinvested the donation in something that will help us build up income streams as we start to reopen and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.”

The funds raised have been used to purchase six picnic benches which now take pride of place in the beer garden at Harton & Westoe Miners Welfare, where the Foundation is based.

They were officially opened on Monday, April 12 by representatives from the Supporters Alliance, who were joined by members of the Harton & Westoe Miners Welfare Banner Group.

Supporters Alliance Members Secretary Alison Cairns said: “We were over the moon when Steve Camm contacted us to say the money we had raised so far for the Foundation would be put to good use by purchasing benches for people to enjoy the outdoor beer garden area he was looking to create.

“We look forward to continuing our financial support in the future.

“We’d like to thank all who take part in the fundraising measures who make things like this possible.”

The first weekend opening day on Saturday, April 17 was a massive success and the beer garden will be open between 12pm and 4pm every Saturday, with other opening times planned around activities and events on site.

Further details about opening times will follow as progression is made through the government’s roadmap. The next key date is May 17, when bars may also be able to open indoors.

For opening times, follow the Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

An exciting collaboration between a new food ordering app and South Shields FC Foundation will see foodies directly contribute to the health and well-being of their community.

South Shields Eats is aiming to rival online delivery giants including Deliveroo and JustEat by launching a local service which will see profits reinvested into the area.

As part of that commitment, we are delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached which will see 50p from every order made on the app donated to South Shields FC Foundation.

As well as enjoying outstanding food from some of the finest outlets in South Tyneside, customers will therefore also be able to support the incredible work being carried out by the Foundation in the borough.

The Foundation’s charitable purpose is to improve the health and well-being of the community, and it provides over £1million of social impact each year through its diverse activity programmes for people of all ages and abilities delivered from its base at Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare and in 12 local schools.

The additional potential regular form of income from South Shields Eats could prove invaluable to the Foundation, which currently works with 900 children every week, holds weekly activity programmes for boys and girls, runs a hugely popular schools delivery programme and manages 36 grassroots football teams.

The app launches this Thursday with more than 20 restaurants having already signed up, from some of the most established eateries in South Tyneside to more niche outlets which would not be found on other apps.

South Shields Eats Director Matt Fenton said: “As part of our franchise agreement we have a commitment to spend money in the area and help local charities, and after learning about the incredible work carried out by South Shields FC Foundation it was a no-brainer to create this partnership.

“The fact that every order made will directly impact on the health and well-being of the community is a great way for us to give something back to the area.

“That is one of the key reasons behind the launch of this service, as we are local people working on behalf of local businesses and customers, and instead of money disappearing out of this area we want to reinvest it into worthy projects like this.

“We know that the Foundation – which is such a key part of this incredible community – will put this money to fantastic use and we are so excited to begin a long-term partnership with them.”

The Local Eats franchise was first piloted to great success in Barrow-in-Furness, with local takeaways having saved just over £1million in commission since its launch in 2018.

South Shields Eats will take around half of the commission charged by the more established, international delivery services which currently operate in South Tyneside, with 50p of every order set to benefit young people and adults in the area through the Foundation.

South Shields FC Foundation Manager Steve Camm said: “This is a terrific boost for the Foundation and we are grateful to Matt for choosing us to be a beneficiary of the scheme.

“All funds raised for the Foundation are reinvested in its charitable purpose of improving health and well-being in some of the most deprived communities in the country.

“We will ensure that local people benefit from funds raised through participation in one of our diverse activity programmes – whether that’s physical or social activities – that support their mental health and well-being.”

For more information, visit www.southshieldseats.co.uk, search for South Shields Eats on Facebook or look for South Shields Eats on the app store when it launches on Thursday, April 2