JOBSEEKERS aiming for work in the world of football had a little help from the hand of God.
Sunderland Minster hosted a special jobs fair, as SAFC was on the lookout for between 20 and 30 stewards to man matches at the Stadium of Light.
The Reverend Martin Anderson said it was the ideal setting.
He added: “At a time when jobs are extremely difficult to come by, it’s good to try and bring people together in a constructive way.
“It’s all about giving people an opportunity.
“We want to see them use their God-given ability, so if we can assist in some way then that is brilliant.”
The event was organised by Marc and Phillipa Atkinson, of Penshaw View Training.
“This is the first time the Minster has been used in this way,” said Marc, “but it certainly won’t be the last.
“We’ve forged a partnership with the church in the hope we can attract people from the area and get them in for training to try to find them employment.”
Jobhunter and mechanical engineering student Osinachi Mgbeahury, 28, from Chester Road, said: “I’m a massive football fan and I love to play it.
“I think working in the stadium will be a great experience and I’m hoping it might become a full-time job.”
Ibeawuchi Ebenezzar, 28, a law student from Millfield, said: “I’ve always been a big Sunderland fan. I’m hoping the steward job will be an additional source of income to help me fund my studies.”
Ekemini Etok, 22, from Millfield, thinks the Minster is an ideal venue for job seekers.
“I come here every Sunday for the service and the Reverend always makes a point of letting us know when job opportunities come up.”