North Shields Juniors AFC, based at John Spence Community High School, are continuing their successful development of junior footballers.
The club runs ‘Soccer Skills’ courses every Saturday morning where it provides training for boys and girls from four-years-old.
There are teams for all abilities andt age groups from U7 all the way through to U18 in the Pin Point Recruitment Junior Football Leagues and senior teams in the Tyneside Amateur League and Northern Alliance League.
In addition to the development of players, there have been team successes with the U10s, U16s and U17s all winning their East Youth Division Cup, with the U17s reaching another two finals and pushing for the league title.
The U16s are also chasing a league title and play in the final of the Northumberland County Cup this Friday evening.
There were also league titles for the U10 Reds, U10 Whites, U11 Reds and U13 Athletic.
The U7s and U8s have progressed well this season, playing five-a-side games.
Girls teams are providing a great opportunity for the development and there will be free girls only football sessions coming soon.
The club is now celebrating its 20th year in junior football and ten years hosting senior teams.
The annual open training sessions and trials for next season will be taking place from June 1 to June 15 with detailed information on the club’s Facebook and Twitter pages and on its website www.northshieldsjuniorsafc.co.uk
The Juniors sees more than 500 young people participate in youth football each year and has provided a starting point for a number of players to progress to professional club academies.
Currently there are 15 former North Shields Juniors playing in academies.
Particular congratulations go to Lewis Cass, Matty Longstaff and Kieren Aplin, who have all been successful in being awarded scholarships at Newcastle United , joining stalwarts, Owen Bailey and Sean Longstaff, and to Luke Lloyd who has joined the ranks at Carlisle United.