South Shields Football Club is delighted to have agreed an extension to its relationship with Sunderland College to provide the club’s 16 to 19-year-old football Academy.

Following a very successful first year which has created a strong, mutually beneficial partnership, an agreement has been reached for the next five years.

The initial year has seen outstanding achievements, including an excellent showing in the National League Under-19 Alliance, with the team currently joint-top of the table. A number of the scholars have also earned an opportunity to appear for the club’s first-team.

We look forward to the relationship further growing, and welcoming our new talented scholars for the 2018-19 season.

We would like to thank Sunderland College for the close working links, and the outstanding educational provision it provides for our scholars, as we all look forward to even greater progress by our Academy scholars both on and off the pitch.

We clearly see the Academy and our partnership with Sunderland College as an integral contribution to the future success of the club.