Valley Gardens team progress to regional finals

A borough school is celebrating after reaching the regional finals of the world’s biggest football tournament for ten to 12-year-olds.

Valley Gardens Middle School, in Whitley Bay, have progressed to the county knockout rounds of the Danone Nations Cup, which is headed up by former World Cup winner Zinedine Zidane.

They will compete in the regional finals of the tournament in March against nine other schools, hoping to advance to the national finals.

A total of 2.5million children around the world take part in the competition each year, with 3,000 schools competing in the English leg run by the English Schools’ Football Association.

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 Valley Gardens Middle School. They have had a great tournament so far and we hope the children are enjoying this unique mix of football, friendship and fairplay.”