A borough primary school is just one step away from making it to the national finals of a prestigious tournament.
Cullercoats Primary School Under 11 girls successfully progressed from the county knockout rounds of the Danone Nations Cup – the world’s biggest football tournament for ten to 12-year-olds – and will now compete in the regional finals of the tournament, which are being held in March.
The North regional finals take place on Tuesday, March 25, at Canalside, Huddersfield Town FC. Cullercoats Primary School will compete against nine other schools from across the north in a bid to reach the national final that will be held at a top FA venue.
They earned their place after winning the county finals at Prudhoe High School at the end of January, where they won five games against teams from Newcastle, Northumberland and Wallsend, scoring 14 goals in the process and conceeding two.
A school spokesperson said: “We are very proud of the team.
“This is the furthest the Cullercoats school team has ever progressed in this tournament and all the girls are looking forward to travelling to Huddersfield to play against the other County Champions from across the north.”
The Danone Nations Cup is a unique FIFA approved tournament, which has been given the Government’s ‘Inspired by 2012’ seal of approval.
Former Tottenham, Liverpool and England centre back John Scales, ambassador of the tournament said: “I am so proud to have so closely supported the Danone Nations Cup for almost ten years now.
“It’s a truly remarkable project that brings joy to thousands of kids nationally. Being active, eating well, having fun and working hard as part of a team are fundamental pillars of influencing the many that participate.”
Charlotte Broos, CSR manager at Danone, said: “Congratulations to Cullercoats Primary School. They have had a great tournament so far and we hope the children are enjoying this unique mix of football, friendship and fairplay.”