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North Tyneside On The Road To White Hart Lane

Valley Gardens Middle School and John Spence Community High School in North Tyneside will be representing Newcastle United at the Premier League Schools Tournament this year. Both schools won their respective regional finals at Newcastle United’s First Team Training Centre last month.

This prestigious national event will see 20 teams, each representing their Premier League club compete on the hallowed turf at White Hart Lane, home of Tottenham Hotspur FC on Thursday 21 May. A fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity and experience for the children involved.

Road to White Hart Lane

Back in March, mixed under 11’s teams from St Bede’s, Valley Gardens, Front St and Bothal schools, faced each other in two semi-finals at the Newcastle United First Team Training Centre, before Valley Gardens beat Bothal in the final.

John Spence Community High School in North Tyneside were victorious in the Under 13s Girls competition, beating Excelsior Academy 3-1 on penalties.

In total 64 primary schools and 512 pupils from across the region took part in the regional qualifiers in the Under 11’s category and 24 schools and 192 girls took part in the girls tournament.

Newcastle United Foundation Football Development Manager, Giles Sandercock, said:

“Huge congratulations to Valley Gardens and John Spence – it’s a real privilege to represent Newcastle United in a national tournament and we wish them the very best of luck for the final. 

“This programme is a great opportunity to offer schools the chance to participate in a competition where we see the standard reaching new highs year after year.

“It also gives us a chance to identify young people with talent that we can develop through our player pathway.”

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