Two of the North East’s leading charities are hosting a special football-themed race day on the eve of the new Barclays Premier League Season.

Race dayTaking place at Newcastle Racecourse Friday August 15, the event aims to raise funds for Sunderland AFC’s community charity the Foundation of Light and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation.

BBC’s Total Sport programme, featuring Simon Pryde, Gary Bennett and John Anderson, will be broadcasting live from the event weighing in with their predictions for NUFC and SAFC’s upcoming seasons.

A selection of Newcastle United FC and Sunderland AFC special guests are expected to attend throughout the day too.

Guests will enjoy Premier Admission to the Gosforth Park Suite, three course lunch, race card, buffet dinner and post race entertainment, including the chance to put their opinions and questions to BBC’s football experts.

Throughout the day there will be a range of games and activities including a special Race Day accumulator where one guest will win hundreds of pounds.

Tickets for the event are available for just £85 per person or £825 for a table of 10.

Foundation of Light Event Coordinator Jemma Garrett commented: “We’re very pleased to have teamed up with Sir Bobby Robson Foundation to provide this fantastic opportunity for football fans to enjoy a great day at the races and help two of the region’s leading charities in the process.”

“We’d like to express our thanks to the BBC Total Sport team for supporting this event. We’ll also have a range of SAFC and NUFC ranged prizes up for grabs so there’s something for fans of both clubs.”

Pauline Buglass from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation says: “This will be a very special event for both football and racing fans.

“It’s the day before the Premier League kicks off and a great opportunity for supporters of Sunderland and Newcastle to share their thoughts about the up-coming season.

“Add to that, there’s the wonderful hospitality and excitement of Newcastle Races and the chance to support the work of two local charities. All in all, a fantastic package and we’re so pleased to be part of the day.”

To book tickets for this event or for further information please call 0191 5515153 or email

The Foundation of Light is the registered charity of Sunderland AFC, working with tens of thousands of people every year in education, sport, health and employability programmes. Structurally and financially independent of the football club the Foundation of Light relies on fundraising for 90% of project costs.