Centres are on the ball

The Beacon Centre, in North Shields.
The Beacon Centre, in North Shields.

Two shopping centres are getting into the football spirit as they mark Father’s Day and the European Championships.

The Beacon, in North Shields, and Wallsend’s The Forum Shopping Centre have joined forces with JD Sports for a host of activities with fathers and children invited to dress up in their football kits, enjoy a session of football drills and help raise money.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 11 – to coincide with the first England match of Euro 2016 – from 11am to 1pm at The Forum and from 2pm to 4pm at The Beacon.

The centres have partnered with Lucozade Powerleague Soccerdome North Shields, to provide children with free coaching sessions.

In addition, a face painter will be on hand to help children take part in the Euro 2016 fun by getting their faces painted in celebration of their favourite teams and raising money for the One Great Day charity campaign which supports the Great Ormond Street children’s hospital and local charity The Children’s Foundation.

Free England flags and other football-themed giveaways will also be distributed to shoppers throughout the Euro 2016 inspired activity to encourage fans and create the fun atmosphere that is characteristic of this major football tournament.

A grand prize, courtesy of JD Sports, is also up for grabs and could be won by the most active father-child duo on the day.

Nick Lambert, Centre Manager at The Forum Shopping Centre said: “Football is such a universal sport, and England fans are especially passionate when it comes to supporting their teams.

“We’re, therefore, delighted to give families in Wallsend a reason to celebrate not just the Euros, but Father’s Day with us as well. With our football skills coaching, Euro 2016 inspired face painting and special treats, everyone will have the chance to experience the spirit of the tournament.”

David Menzies, centre manager at The Beacon Shopping Centre, said: “We are really excited to be hosting the upcoming Father’s Day Football Fun event as it is a great opportunity to celebrate two great occasions that mean a lot to the local community.

“What makes this event more special is that we are also raising money for the One Great Day campaign that supports Great Ormond Street Hospital and local charity The Children’s Foundation.

“We look forward to seeing lots of families joining in, having a great time and helping a good cause.”