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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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

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

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.