New non-league Washington football team scores Nissan union backing

A BRAND new amateur men’s football team has secured the vital support of Nissan’s Unite the Union ahead of its first full season in the Wearside League.

Representing a large proportion of the 6,000-strong workforce based at Nissan’s Washington plant, Unite has backed Washington United FC’s (WUFC) new community-focused project as the club hopes to create a clear development pathway for young players.

Unite, the UK’s largest trade union, has inked a deal to become the main shirt sponsor for WUFC’s first team for the 2021/22 season.

The full FA-Chartered football club has created an amateur men’s first team to compete in the Wearside Football League, playing its homes games under the floodlights at Nissan Sport and Leisure Complex and is set to offer a non-league football alternative to residents of Washington.

Paul Cox, Convenor for Unite the Union at Nissan, said: “We are proud to support the Washington United FC First Team project and recognise the significant social impact something like this can have on the local community.

“We look forward to building a strong relationship with Washington United FC and to creating opportunities for our members and their families to get involved with the club.”

Alan Oliver, Head of Football for WUFC’s newly created first team, added: “We are delighted that Unite the Union at Nissan has decided to become the main shirt sponsor of our newly created men’s team and we would like to thank them for their valuable support.

“With a population of more than 67,000 people, Washington is a town passionate about football with a strong amateur footballing culture. We hope to create a non-league football alternative that will bring local residents together on a Saturday afternoon and it is fantastic Unite the Union will be a part of this.”

The club has created a men’s first team to compete against amateur opposition from across the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria, with the aim of building a clear development pathway for young players in its junior teams.

WUFC’s junior setup, which has been running for more than two decades out of Southern Area Playing Fields in Rickleton, creates hundreds of opportunities for young people every year to develop skills and compete with teams from across the North East.

Tickets for WUFC’s home games at Nissan are priced at £3 for adults and £1 for anyone under the age of 16, with refreshments available for supporters on site.