YOUNG footballers from South Tyneside are heading for a London final of a national competition.
The Boys’ Brigade 15th South Shields Company pitted their skills against teams from across the country at a five-a-side tournament held at Temple Park Centre, South Shields.
After battling it out through a series of matches, the youngsters, aged between 11 and 14, were crowned the victors of the second round of the national Boys’ Brigade football competition.
Now the team – based at Bethesda Free Church in Victoria Road, South Shields – will face teams from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in the UK finals, which are being held in London on May 5.
Company Captain Alan Greener said: “We were absolutely delighted to win the final qualifying round on Saturday.
“We really didn’t expect such a young team to do so well.
“They won all their matches, and several team managers commented on the attractiveness of their play.
“We’re under no illusions. The standard of competition in the UK final will be higher again, but the boys are looking forward to representing the company and the borough at national level.”
The boys have now launched a fundraising drive to help cover the cost of their trip to London, and are keen to hear from any businesses who are able to help them.
Mr Greener added: “We realise times are very hard for businesses, as they are for charitable organisations like ourselves.
“However, if any local companies or individuals feel they are able to support us with any of the costs of attending this national final, we would love to hear from them.” Mr Greener also thanked South Tyneside Council for providing financial support with the costs of hosting the competition.
For information about the South Shields company, visit www.the15th.co.uk
Article from Shields Gazette, Wednesday 29th February.
The scoreboard after the competition