CONTRIBUTIONS to a foodbank in Oswestry are being sought by The New Saints ahead of their SFL Trust Trophy quarter final against Arbroath.  

The Welsh Champions are asking members of the community to make a donation to a club and community-driven foodbank housed at their Park Hall stadium.

As part of their efforts to support the Oswestry and Borders Foodbank, the club have set up a drop-off area at their Park Hall Stadium where members of the community can donate a whole host of items to help those facing hunger at this time of year.

People can drop items into Park Hall throughout the week (9am-5pm), as well on matchday to make their donation.


TNS players, coaches and staff have all been getting involved in the initiative and bringing in plenty of donations as they prepare for Saturday’s quarter-final clash. 

In the days after the game, the club’s star players will head to Oswestry and Borders Foodbank to deliver the food donated by the club alongside the community. 

The New Saints’ stadium and facility manager, Simon O’Reilly said: “When Oswestry and Borders Foodbank approached me to see if we could provide any help with generating donations, I couldn’t say yes fast enough. 

“We’ve already provided the charity with free advertising space around our stadium as part of our commitment to helping local charities, but to be able to support charity with donations in this way in the lead up to Christmas is so important to us as a team”.

Mike Harris, TNS chairman, said: “We’re delighted to utilise this week’s huge game with Arbroath as a way to inspire the community to join us by donating anything they can to the local foodbank.

“TNS are extremely proud to be at the heart of the community and happy to help support anyone in any way we possibly can.

“It is amazing to see our players, coaches and staff already getting involved by donating food throughout the week, as a club we want to align with our community as much as possible.

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“It’d be fantastic to see as many people as possible come out to support this important initiative and perhaps also join us for what is set to be a great afternoon of football at Park Hall as we look to reach the semi-finals of the SPFL Trust Trophy.” 

Items needed are tinned fish, tinned meats, tinned fruit, crisps, packaged cakes and biscuits, sweets, cheese, hot chocolate, instant coffee, teabags, and toiletries (including soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste and nappies).

Please do not donate any alcohol or home-cooked food.