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Sunderland AFC launch 'fan fest' for supporters

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Sunderland AFC defenders Billy Jones and Adam Matthews have launched the club’s ‘FanFest’.

The event takes place on Monday 23 October at the Stadium of Light, between 10am and 3pm.

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

From boarding the first team bus to meeting the players after training at dedicated signing sessions, fans are set to experience a fantastic day out this half term.

Fan Fest is a great opportunity for our supporters to watch the first team being put through their paces. But it is also a chance for the community in Sunderland to come together, this half term, to create a great day out for fans of all ages.

We held an open training session earlierthis year and over 7,000 people came along to watch the team.

Fan Fest is set to be bigger and better this time round, with a whole host of activities for families to enjoy.

We’ve received amazing support and participation from sponsors and local organisations, and I have no doubt that Fan Fest is going to be a brilliant day out for all the family.”

– Martin Bain, Sunderland AFC chief executive

Fan Fest will feature a specially created action-packed Fan Village, featuring a wide range of activities.

Local organisations including the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and North Tyneside Mountain Rescue will also be in attendance.

I think Fan Fest is a great idea and I’m looking forward to training in the Stadium on 23 October with the fans watching. I have no doubt the atmosphere will be tremendous.

Support from the fans is so important to us, so I’m glad we are able to open to doors to a training session.”

– Billy Jones, Sunderland AFC defender