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Grassroots Opportunities

At Scunthorpe United, we are committed to offering group booking packages for local youth groups, such as grassroots football teams. Each season, we offer flag bearing and big flag packages ahead of every single game.

We also hold an annual Grassroots Day, which has seen over 1,000 extra spectators attend the game as part of a special offer consistently for the last three seasons.

See below for special details of our packages and for contact details to find out more information.

Flag Bearing Packages

One of our most popular packages at the Sands Venue Stadium, our flag bearing offering has gone from strength-to-strength with our local junior grassroots sides and has sold out for the last two campaigns.

The package sees adults enjoy a special group booking rate, while the coaches and players within the group can opt to enjoy a pre-match behind-the-scenes tour* which involves them gaining access to otherwise restricted areas of the stadium ahead of kick-off.

This experience allows the young Iron supporters to get up close and personal with their Iron favourites, gaining autographs and pictures.

Furthermore, ahead of kick-off, the junior players are able to form a guard of honour with our Scunthorpe United flags as the two teams emerge for kick-off before enjoying the game from the Lincolnshire Co-op Family Zone of the Lincs Lifts Stand.

Email james.moody@scunthorpe-united.co.uk to register your interest for 2019-20.

*Please note, the pre-match experience is subject to availability and can vary on matchdays or alter with short notice. Please ask about package extras when booking.

Big Flag Packages

Our newest package at the Sands Venue Stadium, the big flag package has already received a number of bookings for the 2019-20 season, with a number of teams already enjoying the benefits throughout last season.

The package sees adults enjoy a special group booking rate, while the coaches and players within the group can opt to enjoy a pre-match behind-the-scenes tour* which involves them gaining access to otherwise restricted areas of the stadium ahead of kick-off.

This experience allows the young Iron supporters to get up close and personal with their Iron favourites, gaining autographs and pictures.

Furthermore, ahead of kick-off, the junior players are able to parade our large Scunthorpe United flag as the two teams emerge for kick-off before enjoying the game from the Lincolnshire Co-op Family Zone of the Lincs Lifts Stand.

The Iron swiftly sold out of these packages for the 2018-19 season, as well as the regular flag bearing packages. Most teams also opted for a pre-match tour, which can also be arranged, subject to availability.

Contact james.moody@scunthorpe-united.co.uk to book for 2019-20.

*Please note, the pre-match experience is subject to availability and can vary on matchdays or alter with short notice. Please ask about package extras when booking.

Grassroots Day

For the last three seasons, inclusive of the one coming up in 2019, the Iron have hosted a Grassroots Day at the Sands Venue Stadium

For a specifically allocated match day, United have invited local youth groups to the stadium as part of group booking packages with over 70 local junior football teams taking advantage of the offer most recently in February 2019.

In 2017, the day was held when Scunthorpe hosted Fleetwood Town, 2018 saw Gillingham visit the Iron, while in 2019 it was Accrington Stanley who were at the Sands Venue Stadium on the day. On all three occasions, the event has boosted the overall attendance by around 1,000 people with a number of adults and under-18s arriving for their first ever live football matches.

Such is the success of the event, the club plans to continue offering these events once per season.

Keep an eye out for our Grassroots Day in 2020!

Contact Information

Do you want to get involved in any of the Grassroots packages that we have available?

Do you want more information on what we have to offer?

Contact james.moody@scunthorpe-united.co.uk to book in or for all grassroots enquiries.

Testimonials

Since 2016, we have welcomed over 100 local junior grassroots groups to enjoy our pre-match behind-the-scenes experiences which have included pre-match tours, flag bearing and our brand new big flag package.

We have also conducted a number of individual pre-match behind-the-scenes tours and, in partnership with other areas of the club such as the SUFC Trust and Study Parks, been able to offer other experiences.

Below are just some of the testimonials we have received over this period...

Testimonials...

Thank you so much. I have had loads of feedback from the parents, thanking me and wishing to pass on their thanks to the club and team for their friendliness and being so welcoming.  The players (of Scotter) had been talking about it all evening to their mums and dads.
Phil Lowry, Scotter Juniors U9s

Superb. All the kids, coaches and parents loved it, thanks very much. (It) was well organised and (we were) very well looked after.
Paul Glover, Bottesford Town U8s

All the boys had a great time, thank you so much for allowing the boys to be part of the game.
Matthew Baxter, Bottesford Town BCS U9s

On behalf of the parents of the Messingham Juniors Under-8s team, please may I extend our heartfelt thanks to you for the opportunity for our team to be flag bearers at the match versus Plymouth Argyle. All the kids were so excited to be involved and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It is so good to see the club working with the local grassroots team in this way, nurturing the interest of the next generation of supporters. 
Sandra Byrne, Messingham Juniors U8s

The boys thoroughly enjoyed their experience of being flag bearers, which was a great way to cap a good season. We thank everyone at the Iron for being so welcoming.
Chris Sumpter, Scotter Colts U9s

What a great day we had on Saturday, thank you for organising the stadium tour and flag bearing. Everybody who attended enjoyed it from start to finish and the weather didn’t spoil the day. Saturday saw 14 players turn up and one player's grandad who has been to most home games for over 43 years joined the players to for fill a lifelong dream to see behind-the-scenes as he’s only ever seen things from the terraces. Once again from everybody who turned up on the day a big thank you to all associated at Scunthorpe United from all associated with our club.
Shaun Drury, Barton United Vipers U12s

We thoroughly enjoyed our day at Glanford Park, thanks very much for all your hospitality from your team and the players. He (Lewis) didn’t believe me when I first told him we were having a tour, it certainly will be a day he will remember for a long time to come.
Andrew - dad of Lewis, who enjoyed a first-time tour

Thank you James Moody and all the staff and players at Scunthorpe United for your warm hospitality. Our little team certainly enjoyed it. (There are) so many great photos. What an amazing day. Great memories made and just the start of this little journey we're going on as a team together!
Danny Heron, Appleby Frodingham Saints U7s

We had an absolutely fantastic day. The players, management and staff were all great with the lads and really patient. It was such a great opportunity. Parents have been thanking us for the opportunity that their children had so this is extended to yourselves.
Stewart Atkinson, Crosby United U8s

Thanks goes to everyone involved, they will talk about this forever!
Matt Busby, Crosby United U9s

Just want to say a huge thanks to yourself, Corey Harkins and Scunthorpe United for the hospitality at the weekends game vs Gillingham FC. Lads all thoroughly enjoyed it, even getting an insight into Gillingham Football Club team bus aswell! Thank you from Bottesford Lovelle Under 11s.
Keil Leisk, Bottesford Lovelle U11s

Just a quick thank you for last weekend. Messingham Juniors loved being flag bearers and were talking about it all night during training! The tour was brilliant.
Adam Stanhope, Messingham Juniors U10s