A Whitley Bay primary school is celebrating after reaching the regional finals of the Danone Nations Cup, the world’s biggest football tournament for ten to 12-year-olds.
Valley Gardens Middle School successfully progressed from the county knockout rounds of the tournament and will now compete in the regional finals of the tournament, being held in March.
The North regional finals take place on Saturday, March 21, at Wright Robinson Sports College, Manchester.
Valley Gardens Middle School will complete against schools from across the North in a bid to reach the national final that will be held at a top class FA venue.
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 more than 10 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 and I wish Valley Gardens Middle School the best of luck in the regional finals.”
Charlotte Broos, CSR manager at Danone, said: “This year, not only will Danone be celebrating the best talent from the North; we will also be rewarding the unsung Match Day Heroes of local football.
“We have asked all teams taking part in the regional finals to nominate their heroes, whether it be the spectator that turns up whatever the weather or the school teacher that drives the team across the region to compete. We want to celebrate the people in the community that make the ESFA Danone Nations Cup an unforgettable experience for the players.”