Take part in biggest team photo

by Stuart Vose

Take part in a Sunderland first as new kit launches.

With the first home game of the Barclays Premier League season just three weeks away (August 25), Sunderland AFC is offering fans a once in a lifetime to be pictured alongside their heroes.

To celebrate the launch of the new 2012-13 home kit, which goes on sale at 8am on Thursday, every purchaser will receive a free scarf* worth £8 and a personal invitation to pose alongside the Sunderland first team squad for the 'Biggest Team Photo' at the Stadium of Light during October half-term.

This amazing opportunity marks the first season that Sunderland's kit has been produced in partnership with adidas and the club is hoping that thousands of fans will take up the invitation to appear in the photo. Everyone who attends will also receive their own commemorative copy to treasure forever.

Black Cats captain Lee Cattermole said: "The players love the new home kit and the idea of getting team and supporters together for an official 2012/13 season photograph is brilliant.

He continued: "We know how much the red and white stripes mean to our fans and by getting fans and players together for this one-off photo we;'ll be able to show them just how much their support means to us."

The new home kit is available in the three official stores across Sunderland - the SAFC store at the Stadium of Light, Debenhams in the Bridges, Sunderland and the Galleries, Washington.

On launch day, families can enjoy a free family Footy Fun Day, organised by the Foundation of Light, from 10.30am to 3pm, which will include skills sessions, mini matches, the Soccer Speedcage and football freestylers.

For more details and to view the new home shirt visit www.safcstore.com.

*whilst stocks last