Youngsters get a kick out of football tournament

Youngsters who took part in the StreetSoccer Tournament at the Parks Sports Centre.

Youngsters who took part in the StreetSoccer Tournament at the Parks Sports Centre.

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YOUNGSTERS have been getting a kick out of a new five-a-side tournament launched in the borough.

More than 50 young people, aged between 11 and 19, got involved in the StreetSoccer Tournament at the Parks Sports Centre in North Shields.

The aim was to portray a positive image of young people by getting them off street corners and involving them in a sporting activity.

Craig Robson, community multi-sports coach at North Tyneside Council, said: “We were really pleased with how the tournament went.

“Everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and took part in the right spirit.

“Because of the high level of interest, we will certainly be speaking with the young people about organising something similar next year.”

Last July, a five-a-side football tournament was held at Howdon Community Centre with around 20 people taking part, giving a suggestion that the idea could be developed further.

The council discussed the proposal with young people from the Tyne Youth and Community Centre in Tynemouth, leading to the event at the Parks Sport Centre.

Teams from Whitley Bay, North Shields, Wallsend, Howdon and Forest Hall all took part.

The tournament winners were Boyza Crew, from Wallsend Positive Futures, who beat Red Rooster 1-0 in the final.