Tag: Shildon Alive

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 lauren.robinson@shildonafccic.com.

Request for Donations – 19th July 2022

Shildon AFC are looking for donations to give support to the Shildon Alive Food Bank & the Woodhouse Close Church & Community Centre Food Bank.  We are asking that donations are made at our home friendly game on the 19th July 2022 against Bishop Auckland FC (kick-off is 7:30pm).   Both the charities will be at the game and would be grateful for any donations you are able to make, for example:

All donations are much appreciated – many thanks for your support once again.

Free Easter Holiday Activities

Shildon AFC is holding a free football school at Dean Street during the Easter Holidays, once again sponsored by Livin and with support from the PitchingIn Trident Community Fund and Shildon Alive.  This follows on from successful schemes held over the last three years.

The scheme will take place between Monday 11th and Thursday 14th of April with each day starting at 10am and running through till 3pm, it is aimed at children between the ages of 8 and 12yrs (open to all not just Livin tenants, however places are limited).

Breakfast and a healthy lunch will be provided and the children will be coached by qualified players and coaches.

If you would like to register your interest please email Carolyn on cazmul@sky.com providing your children’s names, addresses, ages, and contact details.

Thanks from Shildon Alive & Shildon AFC

Following our appeal during the week for donations to Shildon Alive we are pleased and grateful for the  response from those attending our game on Saturday against Lincoln United.

Paula Nelson, Project Co-ordinator from Shildon Alive said “A massive thanks to all of the supporters, staff and directors of Shildon AFC for the extremely generous donation of food for our crisis support parcels.  Many folk are really struggling at the moment and often come to us hungry and low. Your acts of kindness means we can help them in a very practical way and make them feel supported by their community.”

David Dent, Chairman of Shildon AFC said “We are proud of our relationship with Shildon Alive and as a community club we are delighted that through our supporters, staff & players, we’ve been able to help those in our community that need support.”

More information on Shildon Alive can be found here:  www.shildonalive.org.uk/


Food Bank Donations – 29th January 2022

Shildon AFC are looking for donations to give support to the Shildon Alive Food Bank. We are asking that donations are made at our home game on the 29th January 2022 against Lincoln United.  Shildon Alive will be at the game and would be grateful for the following items in particular:
Tinned fruit
Rice pudding
Tinned meat (hotdogs, meatballs, corned beef)
Any packet mixes
Pasta in sauce
Chunky soups & broths
UHT milk
All donations are much appreciated – many thanks for your support.

Groundbreaking Ceremony – Shildon AFC Community Garden

An official groundbreaking ceremony was held today (12th November 2021) for the Shildon AFC Community Garden.  The garden is being constructed on the waste ground at the Dean Street end of the football ground, with work already underway.

Pictured: (L-R) Mark Jackson (Hirebase Gateshead), Beverley Williams (Buildbase Gateshead), David Dent (Chairman, Shildon AFC), Cllr. Shirley Quinn, Andrew Walker (Bishop Auckland & Shildon AAP), Cllr. Samantha Townsend, Cllr. Matt Johnson, Ashley Wharton (Shildon Alive), Tracy Chappell (Shildon Alive), Trevor Howe (Buildbase Gateshead), Mark Charlton (Trilogy Turf)

The Garden was made possible by the Club’s successful bid to the Buildbase Community Club Award, which resulted in an award of £25,000.  The Club were also successful in achieving funding from the Councillors Neighbourhood Budget (which is administered by the Bishop Auckland and Shildon Area Action Partnership (AAP)), which wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Councillors Shirley Quinn, Samantha Townsend and Matt Johnson along with Andrew Walker from the AAP.

Beverley Williams, Branch Manager (Buildbase Gateshead) said “As sponsors of the FA Vase and FA Trophy, Buildbase and Hirebase Gateshead are very proud that this year the busary award will benefit the community and locals as well as the Club and players.”

Andrew Walker, AAP Co-ordinator continued “We are delighted that through Councillors Johnson, Quinn and Townsend we could support Shildon Football Club with this fantastic community project.” 

David Dent, Chairman of Shildon AFC thanked everybody involved in helping bring this project to fruition.

“This garden will be a true community asset for the people of Shildon. It wouldn’t have happened without the support of Buildbase and the AAP for which we are extremely grateful. It now provides the Club with a fantastic opportunity to build upon our community work with our partners Shildon Alive and the Solan Connor Fawcett Trust but more so it allows us to have greater reach within our community which we intend to do via our charitable arm, Shildon AFC Foundation, which we intend to launch in the New Year”.

Ashley Wharton from Shildon Alive commented “We are very excited to support this amazing initiative and work in partnership to provide an outdoor space that will not only benefit the wider community of Shildon, but bring all members together and instil pride in their hometown”.

Construction work is being undertaken by Club partner Trilogy Turf with equipment from Hirebase Gateshead and is scheduled to be completed early in the New Year.