Reservists help with football coaching

Hadrian Park Primary School headteacher Angi Gibson with pupils from both schools, a drummer and Burnside College headteacher Michelle Murphy.
Hadrian Park Primary School headteacher Angi Gibson with pupils from both schools, a drummer and Burnside College headteacher Michelle Murphy.
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Fusiliers from the county have been visiting schools and football clubs across North Tyneside to teach teamwork, leadership, communication and discipline through sport.

Members of the Fifth and First Fusiliers visited Cullercoats Football Club last week and played them in an annual friendly match as part of their 2015 centenary celebrations.

Following on from the match, the Fusiliers visited Burnside College in Wallsend, where they taught football skills to the pupils before the whole school watched a display by the Corps of drums.

Event organiser Sergeant Major Ronnie Collins of the Fifth Fusiliers, who is a former pupil of Burnside School, said: “It’s so important to teach children self discipline, time keeping, leadership and team work and this can be done through the medium of football.

“As well as that, the whole school were entertained by the Corps of Drums, and now have a better understanding of who the Fifth and First Fusiliers are, regular and reserve.”

Head teacher Michelle Murphy added: “It was fantastic and really showed the Fusiliers both regular and reserve in a professional light.

“It fits well with our school ethos of strong British values and our innovative approach to teaching and learning which leads to a positive outcome in the jobs market.”

The Fusiliers’ tour also visited St Peter’s C of E Primary School, Churchill Community College, Maiden Bridge Middle School and Balliol Primary School.