South Shields FC Foundation is delighted to report that its February Fundraiser proved to be a massive success, raising over £5,000 to be split between the Foundation and Cancer Connections.

The challenge to Foundation parents, junior players and coaches was to walk or run as far as they could, as often as they could during February with the aim of covering a cumulative 28,000 kilometres in 28 days.

They were joined in numbers by first-team players as well as players and staff from the 16-19 Academy and Futures Academy, and club staff, supporters and sponsors.

Foundation Manager Steve Camm said: “This started out as a very ambitious challenge with the dual purpose of encouraging people to stay active through lockdown and to raise funds for the Foundation and Cancer Connections.

“The response was overwhelming, with hundreds of people taking up the challenge to help us achieve our targets both in terms of fundraising and distance covered.

“This was a fantastic joint effort with individuals as well as whole families taking part. Even family dogs got in on the act.”

The initial fundraising target of £2,800 was passed within the first two weeks and thanks to the generosity of more than 200 people, the fund went on to almost double its target.

Each week over 300 people recorded and submitted their distances, some small and some large, which together pushed through the 28,000km mark on the final weekend despite the impact of heavy snow during week two.

The highest individual contributor was Daniel Prince with an unbelievable 841km made up of runs, long walks and laps of his living room.

Our largest family group contribution was about the same distance as Dan’s effort and was recorded by Under-13s coach Michael Rowan and his family, who also raised a fantastic £880 in the process.

There are too many incredible efforts to name check everyone. It was a team effort with every contribution, however big or small, needed to complete the challenge.

We’d like to thank each and every one of our participants and contributors. We hope you’re feeling good having taking part in a physical activity challenge during lockdown and/or contributed to the fundraising effort. They are two things we know that support people’s mental health and well-being, the main charitable purpose of the Foundation’s community work.

The proceeds will be shared with Cancer Connections, a beneficiary charity of RosieFest, which is scheduled to take place at Harton & Westoe Miners Welfare on July 3rd, 2021.

The Foundation Just Giving Page is still open for last minute donations and can be accessed by clicking here.

Welcome to the 22nd day of December, which also sees the 22nd installment of our SSFC Advent Calendar feature.

Throughout the first 24 days of the month we will attempt to spread a bit of festive cheer, and today’s feature is kicked off by SSFC Foundation’s Steve Camm, whose message can be viewed via the tweet below.

Over the first 24 days of December, you will be able to enter a range of competitions to win prizes courtesy of the club and several of its sponsors.

The latest item up for grabs is a season ticket for the 2021-22 campaign.

To enter this competition, supporters must wait until four questions have been asked, with the fourth to be published on Christmas Eve. Supporters will have until 5pm that day to submit all of their four answers together via email to info@southshieldsfc.co.uk.

The first question was: Which club did Lee Picton twice win the FA Vase with as a player?

Today’s question is: The tagline of SSFC Foundation is Creating Incredible what?

Remember, don’t submit your answers until the fourth question has been published on Christmas Eve.

We are today launching another competition in partnership with our sponsor One More Than Two Brew, with a special hamper up for grabs.

TO ENTER VIA TWITTER:

1. Like and retweet the below tweet

2. Make sure you are following the following accounts on Twitter: @SouthShieldsFC, @SSFCFoundation, @SSFCAcademy, @ShieldsLive

TO ENTER VIA FACEBOOK:

1. Like, share and tag three of your friends on the competition posted on the South Shields FC Facebook page on Tuesday morning.

2. Make sure you like the following pages on Facebook: South Shields FC, SSFC Foundation, One More Than Two Brew

We would like to thank One More Than Two Brew for their continued support.

We are also now highlighting our sixth and final charity of the month, the If U Care Share Foundation.

The charity provides prevention, intervention training & support of those affected by suicide.

To find out more about the If U Care Share Foundation, click here. To make a donation, click here.

Over the month, donations have also been encouraged towards the club’s charitable Foundation, which works with hundreds of children each week and does such fantastic work within our community.

To support the Foundation with a donation, please click here.

Thank you for your continued support and keep an eye out for Day Twenty-Three tomorrow!

South Shields FC Foundation has received a significant boost in the form of a £100,000 donation from club chairman Geoff Thompson.

The announcement is the latest in a series of contributions made by Mr Thompson in the last four years to create his dream of a fan-owned Football League club for the town.

The Foundation is the club’s charitable arm that delivers around £1million worth of social and community impact each year across a range of community-based health and well-being activities.

In July 2019 it formed a partnership with Harton and Westoe Miners Welfare to secure the future of the Welfare – which was facing certain closure – in doing so safeguarding six local jobs and helping to preserve the town’s mining heritage.

Head of SSFC Foundation Steve Camm said: “We are obviously absolutely delighted with the generous donation.

“It will help us to continue to grow and develop the work of the Foundation and further increase our social and community impact.

“The Foundation is a registered charity but we are absolutely determined to be self financing through the activities we deliver and this donation will ensure that we can invest in the things we need to guarantee that.

“Geoff has always been a supporter of the Foundation and its work. It is consistent with his values and determination to invest in the club and the town.

“His generosity will benefit hundreds of people locally and help us to thrive as a community-based charitable foundation. We are incredibly humbled by the generous donation.”

The purpose of the Foundation is to promote community participation in healthy activities by people of all ages and abilities. It sits neatly alongside the club’s elite sporting programmes at first-team, ladies and academy level, broadening the offer and widening the participation levels.

The Foundation runs 20 junior football teams and a number of community-based programmes for children from three years old, including its flagship ‘Thinkers and Movers’ programme for three to five-year-olds, ‘Mini Mariners’ for five and six-year-olds, and its most recent addition, the Friday night ‘Skills School’ delivered by some of the first-team players.

But it’s not just about football.

The Foundation’s schools programme is now entering its second year and is fully booked.

Developed by Foundation Programme Delivery Lead Nathan Kew, the programme is being delivered in 11 primary and nursery schools focusing on literacy, numeracy, movement, resilience and social and emotional development.

Our popular schools matchday experience programme is also now in its second year and has seen first-team players visit over 30 schools, with more than 2,500 children visiting the ground to cheer the team on as our next generation of supporters.

Since its formation the Foundation has created or safeguarded nine jobs, two apprenticeships and created 40 regular volunteering opportunities which offer opportunities for qualifications and development.

The recent developments at Harton Welfare have now added bowls, cricket, junior cricket, adult learning, music and fitness activities for adults to the list of activities it supports that help to improve peoples’ health and well-being. The latest addition was McKenzie Dance, which started operating from Harton Welfare in January 2020.

South Shields FC chairman Geoff Thompson said: “The growth and development of the Foundation over the last two years has been exponential, in parallel with the progression of the first-team and academies and consistent with our ambition to create a Football League-ready community club that the whole town can be proud of.

“First and foremost I am making an investment in the town.

“The Foundation creates about £11 worth of social and community impact for local people for every £1 it spends and so I wanted to support and encourage that kind of impact.

“We want to reach the Football League as a community club and the Foundation has an important role to play in ensuring we make a significant contribution to the local economy and local peoples’ health and well-being.”