Young football stars at a Whitley Bay school are preparing to showcase their skills on a national stage.
Valley Gardens Middle School will travel to Bodymoor Heath – Aston Villa’s training ground – on Saturday, May 24, to compete in the national finals of the Danone Nations Cup, the world’s biggest football tournament for ten to 12-year-olds.
The school successfully progressed from the county knockout rounds and triumphed at the regional finals held at Walkden High School, Manchester, in March to earn their place at the National Finals.
Charlotte Broos, CSR manager at Danone, said: “We are delighted to announce the location of this year’s national final.
“The facilities at Bodymoor Heath are world class and offer the team from Valley Gardens Middle School a fantastic opportunity to compete at a premier league club training ground.
“The Danone Nations Cup is a project that not only brings the joy of football to thousands of children, but also promotes healthy eating and living, which is key to any champion’s success.”
Former Tottenham, Liverpool and England centre back John Scales, an ambassador of the tournament said: “I would like to wish Valley Gardens Middle School the best of luck in the national final, they played extremely well in the regional finals and I’m sure the premier league surroundings will help them play even better.
“The Danone Nations Cup aims to inspire, educate and motivate all those that it touches. It’s a truly remarkable project that brings joy to thousands of kids nationally.”