Sunderland AFC has unveiled launched a brand-new initiative allowing junior supporters to become part of their football club.
The Black Cat Academy is a three-tiered, season-to-season membership scheme, tailored to young fans aged 0-5 years, 6-11 years and 12-16 years.
With a wide range of age-appropriate content and activities, young fans will have their own special section within the club website that will be the hub of news, competitions, activities and much more.
After signing up, members will receive a welcome pack, which includes a special gift. They will also have access to the chance to be a matchday mascot (age restrictions apply) and receive a special contract from Sunderland AFC manager, Jack Ross.
There will also be opportunities for young people to take part in the club’s ‘junior job roles’ scheme, where they can get to the heart of the action at the football club on matchdays.
New and exclusive member-only events will also be held, tailored specifically to the three age groups. Members will also get the chance to be part of the new Black Cat Committee, a fans forum specially designed for young supporters.
Manager Jack Ross said: “I remember the excitement of going to my first match as a young supporter and meeting players. It would be fantastic to see as many youngsters as possible getting behind the team and showing their support and hopefully our junior membership scheme will encourage a whole new generation of Sunderland fans."
HOW TO JOIN
Membership is just £20 per person, per season. To sign up, click here or call the Stadium of Light ticket office on 0371 911 1973. Deadline to sign up August 31, 2018.