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Sunderland school turns red and white for SAFC survival celebration

Sunderland football club mascot Samson the Cat with pupils of Grangetown Primary School, Sunderland, as part of the school's red  and white day on Friday.

Sunderland football club mascot Samson the Cat with pupils of Grangetown Primary School, Sunderland, as part of the school's red and white day on Friday.

RED and white celebrations were on the cards for football-loving youngsters.

Grangetown Primary School held a day filled with red and white colours to mark their team, Sunderland AFC, staying in the Premier League.

The children, who previously recorded a good luck message for Black Cats boss Gus Poyet in his native Spanish when he arrived on Wearside, also wrote a letter of congratulations to the manager in the same language.

And, the youngsters at the Spelterworks Road school were thrilled when they got a letter back from the club thanking them for their well wishes and support.

Les McAnaney, headteacher at Grangetown Primary, said: “We thought it was fitting to have another red and white day to celebrate.

“The children all had a fantastic day, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”

Coaches from the SAFC’s charity, The Foundation of Light, went along to join in the celebrations and took with them Samson the mascot to meet the pupils.

Mr McAnaney said: “There were coaching sessions for each of the year groups and the weather was lovely and sunny as well, so it was perfect for the children.

“As well as wearing red and white, the children ate biscuits decorated in red and white and drank what they called Gus Poyet champagne, which was red pop, and they all had a great day.”

In the run up to the day the children also took part in various football-themed activities in their classes.

The headteacher said: “We just thought it would be lovely for the school to be able to celebrate the success of our home team. We have built up a good relationship with the club.” As well as having fun, each of the children paid 50p to wear red and white and used the day to raise money for their partner school in Nepal.

 

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