Pupils have helped to turn their school red and white ahead of Sunderland’s Capital One Cup Final this weekend.
Children at West Rainton Primary School in Houghton-le-Spring hung decorations in the Wearside club’s colours as part of a campaign run by the Foundation of Light.
“Many of our pupils are really excited about the Capital One Cup Final and this is a great way for them to express that enthusiasm and show support for the Foundation of Light and the wider community as a whole,” said headteacher Alison McDonough.
Sunderland last played in a League Cup final 29 years ago, when they lost 1-0 at Wembley to Norwich City in 1985.
This time around Sunderland supporters have been allocated 31,580 tickets for Sunday’s game, all of which have been sold.
So the aim of the Red and White City campaign, run by the club’s charity, the Foundation of Light, is to try and show the excitement that is gripping Wearside and give those unable to make the journey to London a chance to get involved.
“It’s been fantastic to see the support for the Red & White city campaign already this week and we hope that more places like West Rainton Primary School will come on board in the build up to Sunday’s big game,” said Lesley Spuhler, the chief executive at the Foundation of Light.
As part of the Red & White City campaign, schools, businesses and Sunderland supporters across the region are being encouraged to hang decorations or wear the club’s trademark red and white stripes.
All those taking part are being asked to make a £1 donation to the Foundation, with proceeds used to support the charity’s range of sport and education-based programmes, which benefit more than 42,000 young people and families across the North East every year.
The club are also asking anyone who puts up decorations to email photos of their efforts to firstname.lastname@example.org, or tweet @SAFCOfficial using the hashtag #DaretoDream, for the chance to win free tickets to an SAFC game at the Stadium of Light.