Players set for soaking as football club celebrates promotion with family fun day

South Shields FC players celebrate winning the Northern League Division Two title. Image by Peter Talbot.

South Shields FC players celebrate winning the Northern League Division Two title. Image by Peter Talbot.

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Players are set to join in the fun as a football club holds a day of entertainment to celebrate promotion tomorrow.

South Shields FC have been promoted to Northern League Division One as champions this season after a tremendous campaign.

This promises to be a great day for people of all ages

Alisha Henry

Tomorrow, the club is inviting the public to its Mariners Park home, in Shaftesbury Avenue, for a family fun day between 12pm and 5pm.

The pitch will be transformed as it is filled with more than 10 fairground rides, while there will also be food and drink stalls, as well as live music. The bars at the ground will also be open.

Among the attractions will be a “dunk tank”, with many of the players ready to be soaked as they are dropped into a tank of water.

Meanwhile, there will be an opportunity to meet the Shields players at the event – which is being sponsored by Mill Volvo – and take part in games and competitions, with lots of prizes, including an iPad.

Alisha Henry, the club’s commercial and events manager, says the club wants to thank its supporters, with more than 23,000 fans having watched games at Mariners Park since last July, and the club having had seven attendances of more than 1,000.

She said: “This promises to be a great day for people of all ages.

“As a club, we want to thank the community and all of our fans for their superb support this season, and this gives us a chance to do that and celebrate a great season together.”

Among the other attractions will be a kid’s corner, while wristbands for using the ride are available for pre-sale from the club for £8, or £10 on the door. To book, call 0191 454 7800.