Seaham Coast FC fundraiser sees players swap boots for high heels

Players and supporters from Seaham Coast FC walked a mile in heels from the car park at Nose's Point to the Black Truffle Cafe, off Bath Terrace on the seafront. From left are players Gavin McGough, Andy Doncaster and Marc Penprase.
Players and supporters from Seaham Coast FC walked a mile in heels from the car park at Nose's Point to the Black Truffle Cafe, off Bath Terrace on the seafront. From left are players Gavin McGough, Andy Doncaster and Marc Penprase.
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Male supporters of a kids’ football club swapped their boots for high heels to take part in a fundraising walk with a difference.

Three coaches and a handful of youngsters from Seaham Coast FC braved the one-mile walk from Nose’s Point to The Black Truffle on Saturday, to raise money for the club.

Players and supporters from Seaham Coast FC walked a mile in heels from the car park at Nose's Point to the Black Truffle Cafe, off Bath Terrace on the seafront. From left are players Gavin McGough, Andy Doncaster and Marc Penprase.

Players and supporters from Seaham Coast FC walked a mile in heels from the car park at Nose's Point to the Black Truffle Cafe, off Bath Terrace on the seafront. From left are players Gavin McGough, Andy Doncaster and Marc Penprase.

Club founder and chairman Tom Thynne, 34, was forced to cheer from the sidelines due to a knee injury.

“However, his 10-year-old son Jaeden stood in for him, walking the full distance along he seafront.

“It’s more like a family than a club,” Tom said.

“We have a lot of fun and we wanted to do something different to raise money to take the under 11s away to tournaments. It was my wife’s idea, actually. She was the one who thought about it.”

The walk raised between £20 and £30.

Tom said: “We would have hoped more people would turn up, who weren’t connected to the club, but this is the first time we’ve done it, so hopefully more people will turn up next time. We could do this perhaps twice a year.”

The walk came at a price and the boys were keen to lose their shoes from their blistered feet, as soon as they arrived at their destination outside the Black Truffle restaurant.

“The shoes came straight off and the plasters went straight on,” Tom added.

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