Youngsters get their f ill of kicks at tournament

The annual North Tyneside Youth Foot ball tournament kicking off with Mayor Linda Arkley and the captains,  from Whitley Coast Soccer Dan Forster (left) and Cramlington Juniors Jamie Martin.

The annual North Tyneside Youth Foot ball tournament kicking off with Mayor Linda Arkley and the captains, from Whitley Coast Soccer Dan Forster (left) and Cramlington Juniors Jamie Martin.

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POTENTIAL football stars of the future showed off their skills at a three-day tournament organised by North Tyneside Council.

More than 800 youngsters, making up over 50 teams, took part in the 27th annual North Tyneside Youth Football Tournament last week.

The event attracts some of the region’s top junior teams, as well as scouts from professional football clubs.

At the end of the event on Saturday, the winners were Wallsend Boys’ Club Yellow under-11s, North Shields Juniors under-12s, Red House Farm Torino under-13s, Newcastle City Juniors under-14s and Wallsend Boys’ Club under-15s.

Coun Glynis Barrie, the council’s cabinet member for leisure, culture, tourism and safer communities, said: “This tournament shows how passionate people in North Tyneside and the wider region are about football.

“Every year it presents a fantastic opportunity for young people to get involved in sport and keep active.

“Some of the players brought their whole family along for support, and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves.”

Many of the biggest names in the game have played in previous tournaments, including Alan Shearer, Michael Carrick, Wes Brown, Lee Clark and Michael Chopra.

For more details of the results, go online and visit www.northtyneside.gov.uk