MORE than 30 children enjoyed four fun packed days at a holiday club.

Shildon AFC players and Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light coaches teamed up to run the club, with funding from housing provider Livin.

Children took part in games and activities and each day had healthy breakfasts donated by Greggs bakery and Shildon Alive and lunches provided by Salvos restaurant, in Shildon.

Thanks to the new partnership between Hays and Shildon AFC, youngsters also travelled to the Foundation's state-of-the-art sports and education facility the Beacon of Light where they enjoyed football training and games on the facility’s rooftop 4G pitch and a VIP tour.

Alan Boddy, executive director of housing and operations at Livin said: “We are all very proud to be able to offer the improved free activities club in the heart of one of our communities. Through our growing partnership network we can offer opportunities such as these to our tenants and target areas. Feedback from parents at Easter was overwhelmingly positive which was mirrored in the sell-out bookings for the summer club”

Foundation director Jamie Wright said: “It was great to welcome the youngsters to the Beacon to enjoy football on our rooftop pitch and a fantastic treat courtesy of Livin, Shildon FC and Hays Travel. “Whilst the Beacon of Light is a fantastic facility our strength is always in supporting our communities out in their neighbourhoods which we’re able to do with the help of organisations like Livin.”

John Hays, chief executive of Hays Travel said: “We are delighted to support Shildon AFC in delivering projects such as these to the community. The holiday clubs are a great opportunity for the children to access new opportunities such as the visit to the Beacon.”