Month: August 2022

Shildon AFC & Hathaway – A Platinum Partnership

Shildon AFC can proudly announce a new platinum parternship sponsorship with Hathaway.

Hathaway is a local company based in Bishop Auckland with over 50 years of experience in the construction sector, it has grown into one of the country’s leading envelope contractors, serving a valued client base nationwide. They have an excellent reputation in the marketplace with emphasis on strong design capability and successful management of complex project logistics.

Shildon AFC Chairman, David Dent said “Shildon AFC are delighted to announce a partnership with Hathaway a leading business in South West Durham. Hathaway’s will, as part of the partnership support some of our community initiatives by giving more people the ability to attend games.“

Welcome to the Shildon AFC family.

Community Initiatives Continue to Flourish

It’s been another successful summer for community initiatives at the club. Once again the free summer holiday activities programme proved very popular, with all the places on this year’s scheme fully booked. The programme was open to boys and girls aged 8-12 years and was packed with fun exercise and the opportunity to train and play football with Shildon AFC, along with a healthy lunch provided by Shildon Alive – all free of charge.

This is the fourth year of the programme with over 150 children participating with over 600 meals being provided over the years! All of this was done in partnership with Livin, Bishop Auckland & Shildon Area Action Partnership, Shildon Alive and the Trident Community Foundation. The Holiday Clubs at Easter and over the Summer Holidays were held either side of our local primary school, Thornhill, holding weekly PE sessions at the Garden.

The Club continues to develop new initatives and we held our first session with our ‘Junior Loco’s’ an initiative for toddlers aged 2 to 4 years which proved extremely popular. We have also hosted football ‘Camps’ with our partner Shildon Alive:

The Club hold weekly Walking Football sessions in the Community Garden and are expanding the range of community initiatives over the coming weeks including sessions for social exercising for women over 40’s with the aim of improving mental health and we will be hosting a schools football tournament in September/October. We are also looking to commence our Shildon AFC Soup Days in the Autumn with the Club providing some broth, a cuppa and a place to chat for members of our community.

If you would like any more information on the community initiatives being developed at the Club or have any ideas on new initiatives we could develop please contact our Community Development Officer, Lauren Robinson on

Vinnie Steels signs for Shildon

Shildon AFC are delighted to announce the signing of Vinnie Steels. Vinne started his career with Darlington FC before moving to York in 2017/18. He then played for Burnley U23’s (2018/19) and Sunderland U23’s (2020/21).

Vinne Steels

Jamie Tunstall, Shildon AFC Manager said: “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Vinnie to the football club. Vinnie’s time in football has predominantly been at elite level and he’s a fantastic addition to an already really strong squad. He’s come in and trained really well and scored a couple of goals in the games he’s played and I think there’s a lot more to come from him when he’s fully up to speed. He’s not played a lot of football over the last 12 to 18 months and still has aspirations to get back into the professional game and the fact he’s chosen to come to Shildon shows the ambition the club has. I’m sure he’ll be a huge asset to the football club” .

Welcome to Shildon AFC Vinnie.