Another December day is upon us and with it, the 15th installment of our SSFC Advent Calendar feature.

Throughout the first 24 days of the month we are attempting to spread a bit of festive cheer, and today’s feature is started by Will Jenkins, whose message for fans 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 South Shields FC mascot package.

To enter this competition, supporters must wait until four questions have been asked, with the fourth to be published on Wednesday. Supporters will have until 9am the following day to submit all of their four answers together via email to info@southshieldsfc.co.uk.

The first question was: Ross Coombe made his league debut for Shields against Radcliffe last December. What was the final score that day?

The second question was: Which famous Dutch club did Wouter Verstraaten spend most of his junior football days with?

Today’s question is: The South Shields Academy reached the third round of the FA Youth Cup last season. Who did they play in round three?

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

We are also currently running another competition in partnership with our sponsor Barbour.

Up for grabs is a Women’s Mullein or Men’s Penton Quilted Jacket, and to enter the competition you must do one of the following by 1pm on Wednesday…

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, @Barbour

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 Monday morning.

2. Make sure you like the following pages on Facebook: South Shields FC, SSFC Foundation, Barbour

We would like to thank Barbour for their continued support.

We are also now highlighting our fourth charity of the month, the Customs House.

The Customs House is synonymous with South Shields as the breeding ground of some of the area’s brightest entertainment talent, and offers entertainment to all.

To find out more about the Customs House, click here. To donate financially, click here.

Over the month, donations will also be 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 Sixteen tomorrow!

Academy graduate Will Jenkins has committed his future to South Shields after signing his first senior contract with the club.

The exciting midfielder made a real impression during the 2019-20 season and scored a stunning goal on his first league start for the senior team in last December’s win over Radcliffe.

His ability, maturity and drive to succeed have impressed everyone at the club, as has his ability to deal with the added pressure of playing for the first-team.

Jenkins’ progression further underlines the clear pathways from the 16-19 Academy at Mariners Park.

He is the fourth Academy graduate to have signed a senior contract within the last year and he will enter the 2020-21 season with 12 senior appearances already to his name, along with two goals.

Jenkins – who turned 18 last month – said: “I’m delighted to have been rewarded for a good season with a contract at first-team level.

“My time in the Academy has helped me massively and I feel like I’ve progressed a lot over the last two years.

“Last season it was great to have the first-team captain Jon Shaw as my coach and Wess Brown has been a fantastic influence too.

“The Academy try to play in the same manner as the first-team and that helps a lot when you make that step up.

“I’m looking forward to trying to push on again next season and hope to become a regular.

“I’m also thankful to Graham Fenton and Lee Picton for the faith they are showing in me and the way they have helped and continue to help with the step up.”

Jenkins has been part of SSFC Academy since the summer of 2018 and was a star of last season’s historic run to the third round of the FA Youth Cup.

The young Mariners defeated the likes of Hartlepool United, Morecambe and Harrogate Town to reach round three for the first time in the club’s history, with Jenkins proving to be a constant goal threat.

He is now the second member of that team to have been rewarded for his progression with a senior contract after Sam Hodgson put pen to paper earlier this year.

Further announcements regarding the future of first-team players will be made over the next 24 hours.

South Shields players at first-team and Academy level have followed in the footsteps of supporters and club officials by donating to the Tickets To The Future initiative.

More than 500 season tickets for the 2020-21 campaign have now been snapped up after a surge in sales over recent days.

Over 80 of those are junior tickets which have been donated back to the club to distribute to deserving children ahead of the season, with the assistance of SSFC Foundation.

Club captain and Head of Professional Development Jon Shaw, centre-back Dillon Morse, goalkeeper Ross Coombe and teenage talents Will Jenkins and Sam Hodgson are among those to have donated tickets to the initiative.

Midfielder Nathan Lowe, meanwhile, donated a child AND adult season ticket, while Academy players Joe Lockey, Joe Ames, Aaron Steavens and Ben Errington all added tickets to the fund, as did Academy graduate Will McCamley, who is now with Huddersfield Town.

Jordan Hunter – who excelled on loan with the Mariners from Sunderland in the 2019-20 campaign – also provided two child season tickets.

He said: “I think everyone knows how much I loved the last season at the club.

“I donated because you can see how much the club means to the town and this initiative will help to get children through the gates who wouldn’t normally get the chance to, and gives them an opportunity to have that enjoyment on a Saturday afternoon.

“It has been great to see so many people get on board with it and hopefully it continues to go from strength to strength, and then next season those young fans can watch the team achieve the promotion we deserved to get this year.”

The Tickets To The Future initiative was kicked off by Shields supporter Jeff Bell, who lives in London. He purchased 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.

Among them were club officials Bob and Viv Scott, Daniel Prince, Colin Docherty, Kev Wilson and Janet Davies.

One supporter, who wished to remain anonymous, donated 10 junior tickets on Friday and the total amount of donations is expected to exceed 100 in the coming days.

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED

Those who would like to make a donation of either junior, concession or adult season tickets for the 2020-21 campaign – or indeed buy a season ticket for themselves – can do so in one of two ways.

Please call 0191 454 7800 between 9am and 5pm on weekdays to buy and donate over the phone, or click here to buy online. If you buy online and would like to donate your ticket(s), please follow up your purchase by sending an email signalling your intention to do so to info@southshieldsfc.co.uk.

Thank you for the continued outstanding support and we hope you and your family are staying safe and healthy.