North Tyneside Represent Newcastle United At Premier League Schools Tournament
Two local schools showcased their skills at White Hart Lane on Thursday, as they represented Newcastle United at the ninth annual Premier League Schools Tournament.
Whitley Bay based- Valley Gardens Middle School entered the under-11 competition, while John Spence Community High School competed in the under-13 division for girls, which were held at the home of Barclays Premier League giants, Tottenham Hotspur FC.
Both schools did Newcastle United proud, with the under 11’s boys making it to the semi-finals. Player, Jack Roys commented on the day:
“I loved playing at White Hart Lane with the lads!
“We played well and I’m really proud of the boys. The tournament was great and had loads of things for us to do on the day.”
The Valley Gardens team were sadly beaten 2-0 by Aston Villa in the semi-final, but had put in a gutsy performance all afternoon to win four out of the five fixtures. Liverpool went on to beat Aston Villa in the final.
Despite not reaching the finals, the girls from John Spence Community High proudly represented the Magpies. Teacher, Marc Burnip said:
“I would like to thank everyone at Newcastle United Foundation on behalf of the girls and myself.
“From leaving St. James’ park in style on the first team coach to the excellent support we received at White Hart Lane the staff from the Foundation have been amazing.
“The girls enjoyed themselves immensely and they will remember this experience for the rest of their lives. Thank you all so much and we hope to be at the next PL schools tournament.”
Valley Gardens Middle School
vs. Arsenal – W 1-0
vs. Southampton – W 1-0
vs. QPR – W 1-0
vs. Man United – W 4-0
-Through to semi finals –
vs. Aston Villa – L 2-0
John Spence Community High School
vs. Arsenal, L 2-1
vs. Southampton, W 2-1
vs. QPR – L 2-1
vs. Man United – W 2-0
The Premier League Schools Tournament is all about increasing participation in football for boys and girls, and offers schools nationwide the chance to team up with their local Premier League club.
Each of the 20 Premier League clubs stage their own regional competition to select a school to represent them in the finals, which was held at White Hart Lane on Thursday.
Over the last few months, the 20 BPL clubs ran their own Schools Tournament competitions to determine who would represent them at White Hart Lane. In total 1,518 schools and 12,144 players took part in qualifying.
For highlights from the 2015 Premier League Schools Tournament, watch MOTD Kickabout on CBBC on Saturday, 23 May, at 7.40am. The programme will also be available on the BBC iPlayer.
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