Thanks to the incredible generosity of South Shields supporters, the club had a number of season tickets to give away ahead of the 2021-22 campaign. 

In total, 133 junior and three adult season tickets were purchased by South Shields supporters and donated back to the club during the first lockdown in 2020.

The responsibility of allocating the tickets fell to SSFC Foundation, the club’s charitable arm.

The Foundation deliberated over how to do it at great length and eventually decided that as the tickets were donated in a true spirit of humility – one of the club’s core values – that should be considered in deciding how they were allocated.

Eight tickets were awarded to children who play for Harton & Westoe Hurricanes. The players exhibited tremendous bravery and togetherness when they performed a guard of honour ahead of a pre-season game in memory of their greatly-missed friend and team-mate Ethan Adams.

Another 45 tickets were allocated to the Foundation’s ‘stars of the future’. These are children aged between four and seven who take part in the Thinkers & Movers and Mini Mariners activities at Harton & Westoe Miners Welfare. These children will either progress to represent the club at junior level or may just want to come and cheer on the first-team at 1st Cloud Arena.

The remaining tickets were distributed to the Foundation’s partner schools. This category of ticket is identifying the ‘champions of the future’. Each week our Foundation coaches will work with schools to identify those children who have embodied the club’s values – humility, industry and unity – in their school. The aim is that the tickets will be used to further connect the club to the community.

To all recipients of Tickets to the Future, we hope you enjoy your matchday experience and we welcome you as one of our band of generous, loyal and truly amazing supporters.

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

Youngsters in South Tyneside are set to receive Tickets To The Future at Mariners Park as part of a heart-warming fan-led initiative.

South Shields supporter Jeff Bell, who lives in London, started things off by purchasing 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.

Fellow supporter Dan Duggan followed up by snapping up two tickets of his own, while SSFC vice-president Bob Scott and his wife Viv also added tickets to the fund.

Gordon Picton – the father of Shields joint manager Lee – was another to donate tickets, along with SSFC business development manager Colin Docherty and his son Scott, club media manager Daniel Prince and supporter Roger Askew, among many others, including Alan Winstanley, the father of former SSFC Academy player Joe, who provided five tickets.

By close of play on Wednesday, the total number of season tickets donated stood at 35.

If anyone else would like to purchase Tickets To The Future and donate them, please call 0191 454 7800, email info@southshieldsfc.co.uk or click here and select the type and number of tickets you would like to donate.

Thank you for your magnificent support.