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First Win For Forest Hall Primary Football Team

Four schools took part in the Longbenton Pyramid of Primary Schools tournament, where Forest Hall Primary walk away as victors securing first and second place.

Newcastle United Foundation community coach, Phil Welford, has coached the Year 6 boys to their first tournament win in 11 years.

Phil has been coaching an after school football club in the North Tyneside School since September, instilling confidence and self-belief in the school team that had not won a tournament for over a decade.

Nicola Nolan, PE Lead of Forest Hall, spoke of the win:

“Phil has worked very hard with our team of Year 6 boys since the start of the academic year. Not only did we win, we also came second! They showed great team spirit both before and during the tournament.”

Five of the players from the winning sides of the tournament, are all players from our Advanced Coaching School – an invitation only football programme which aims to develop the all-round fundamental skills of individuals, including technical, physical, mental, social and lifestyle skills.

Foundation coaches nominate players from community sessions, school clubs and holiday soccer schools to create the elite programme, who train weekly whilst also participating in local games and tournaments.

Sam Clark, Alfie Ward, Elliot Denwood, Harvey Nicholson and Taylor Lavery have all been individually selected to be a part of the Advanced Coaching School, where they are able to showcase the skills and tricks they have learnt through their school lessons.

Giles Sandercock, the Foundation’s football development manager said:

“It is fantastic news that our staff have helped coach a local school to their first tournament win for over a decade. It proves the quality and dedication of not only our coaches, but of the participants who are willing to learn and improve in each session.”

“It also proves that the Foundation’s progression pathway really works, from coaching school children through to nominating them to be a part of our Advanced Coaching School is a great achievement.”

For more information on our in school and after school clubs, please contact Giles:, or for more information on our Advanced Coaching School, please contact

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