Whitley Bay High School’s Year 9 boys’ rugby league team are through to the quarter-finals of the RFL’s Champion Schools competition.
After overcoming local opponents in the county round, including beating Cramlington Learning Village 24-10, the team emerged triumphant at the regional final which took place at Kingston Park, home to Newcastle Thunder.
Whitley Bay defeated two teams from south of the river, Whitburn Academy 18-4 in the qualifying semi-final then the Venerable Bede in the north east final.
Player Chris Parvin said: “The day was absolutely amazing and I’m so pleased we won. We are all really looking forward to playing in the next round.”
In the knock-out stages they will face the third seeded team from the Yorkshire region in their next match at Sheffield Hallam University on January 28.
Mr Cockburn, who coaches the team, said: “I’m incredibly proud of everything that the boys have achieved.
“They’ve worked really hard to get where they are and they’ve put in some barnstorming performances during the competition so far.”
Headteacher Mr Wilson said: “This is an excellent achievement for our Year 9 rugby team.
“Whitley Bay High School prides itself on the huge range of extra-curricular opportunities on offer and how much our students enjoy these activities. Well done to all the boys involved.”