FanFest: Be part of the biggest ever team photo this half term!

Fans attending Sunderland AFC’s FanFest during half-term at the Stadium of Light will get the chance to take part in Sunderland AFC’s biggest ever team photo.

FanFest is a completely free event for supporters of all ages, giving SAFC fans a rare opportunity to watch the first team train, as well as take part in a range of free activities in and around the Stadium.

'#WearsideBySide' the photo will be displayed in the first team entrance at the Academy of Light, as well as available to fans on 24 October in the Sunderland Echo as a keepsake pull out and on SAFC social media for fans to tag themselves in.

It will be taken at the end of the first team training session and will feature fans, the first team, their support staff and over 100 members of the Sunderland AFC Academy.

Sunderland AFC is encouraging as many people as possible to get involved in Wearside by Side, and is asking fans to show their support for the club by coming along to FanFest wearing their red and white SAFC shirts, hats and scarves.

Sunderland AFC chief executive Martin Bain said: “Sunderland AFC has a rich history of community spirit and the Wearside by Side photo is a fantastic way to capture that. The photo will be put on display in the players entrance to the Academy of Light, so that players and support staff at all levels of the club will have a daily visual reminder that SAFC is not just 11 players on a pitch but a much bigger and broader family, and an integral part of the community.”

SAFC FanFest takes place on Monday 23 October and is completely free to attend. Fans are asked to register their interest, and can find out more information via

FanFest forms part of a range of activities taking place at the Stadium of Light this October half term. Tours of the Stadium will take place every day during the half term week, with children under 16 going free with every paying adult. Those taking part in the tour will also receive a 10% voucher for the SAFC Store. To book, please call Malcolm Hopkins on 0871 911 1224.

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