Sunderland Ladies show off their skills on the beach

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Lady Black Cats swapped the grass of the football pitch for the sands of Sunderland seafront as they met young supporters.

A number of players from Sunderland Ladies were down at the club’s Beach House bistro to put on games with children enjoying their summer holidays.

SAFC Ladies players enjoy soccer games with young supporters on Roker Beach.

SAFC Ladies players enjoy soccer games with young supporters on Roker Beach.

Among those who turned out were new signings Stephanie Roche and Hilde Gunn Olsen.

SAFC Ladies top the Women’s Super League One table after winning six of their opening nine games.

The team are also on a six-match winning streak after beating Everton 5-2 on Wednesday night.

Irish international Stephanie, 26, whose goal for her country in a game against Costa Rica in 2014 earned her second place in the Fifa Puskas goal of the year award, said: “We’ve done really well recently and want to go on winning as many games as we can.

A lot of the people who’ve come down are fans who we’d like to see coming to our games so it’s nice to meet them.

SAFC Ladies striker Stephanie Roche

“The team are working really hard for each other and Beth (Mead, striker) has been scoring plenty. She’s been brilliant.”

The players put on a number of football sessions for the young footy fanatics, while club mascots Samson and Delilah hosted a special Alice on Wonderland-themed cupcake decorating competition at the seaside bistro.

Speaking about meeting the youngsters, Stephanie added: “A lot of the people who’ve come down are fans who we’d like to see coming to our games, so it’s nice to meet them.

“Even though we’re doing well at the minute, we need the fans as well.”

Sunderland Ladies put on several coaching sessions for youngsters.

Sunderland Ladies put on several coaching sessions for youngsters.

Callie Clark brought her sons Conrad, five, and Zachary, two, down to get involved.

“We saw this advertised and thought it was worth coming down for the day,” said Callie, 28, of Southwick.

“Conrad’s just getting into football so he wants to have a kickabout even though some of the kids are a bit older than him.”

The youngsters were all ears as the Lady Black Cats gave them some football tips.

The youngsters were all ears as the Lady Black Cats gave them some football tips.

Sunderland Ladies swapped the football pitch for the beach.

Sunderland Ladies swapped the football pitch for the beach.