As part of our new partnership with Gateshead FC Foundation, they named Saturday’s game against Alfreton Town FC as Veterans’ Day to help raise funds for Launchpad.

Staff and two residents from Avondale House attended the game at Gateshead Stadium where there was collection buckets, an article in the match day programme, awareness of the charity at half time on the tannoy system and the opportunity to present the man of the match award to Gateshead FC player Macaulay Langstaff at the end of the game.

We are looking forward to working with Gateshead FC Foundation in the future and building on our relationship to support our veterans. There is an opportunity for our veterans to volunteer on match days to gain experience and to build their confidence.

Phil Thompson, Manager of Avondale House, said:

“I would like to thank Gateshead FC Foundation for a great day and their very kind hospitality.


“The residents enjoyed it and what a great result on the pitch. I will be promoting the volunteering opportunities with our residents and I am sure there will be some take up.”

Gateshead FC turned out winners on the day with a 2-1 win.

Gateshead Football Club Foundation aims to be a leading community charity building better lives through sport. They use the power of sport to provide meaningful education, employability, health, inclusion, environmental, and sport programmes.