In the build-up to the North East derby on Saturday, Newcastle United and Sunderland went head to head in a friendly Judo tournament.
The event, held at Newburn Leisure Centre, was attended by 36 girls and boys all aged 11 to 15. Many of those taking part only discovered judo for the first time in September last year but are making huge strides in the sport.
The competition was part of the Premier League 4 Sport project, backed by Sport England which sees both clubs deliver satellite clubs in a range of different sports. It was also part of the 'Building Bridges' initiative which sees young people representing Newcastle United Foundation and the Foundation of Light come together to promote friendship, understanding and tackle anti-social behaviour.
Mum Claire Dobing said:
"My daughter Katie attends Ponteland Middle School and recently got involved in Judo when Newcastle United Foundation went into her school. She has since joined Newburn Judo Club where coach Joe Laws has been a great help along with other members of his team. The Sunderland and Newcastle Judo event was excellent for all children involved and was a great example of how both clubs can work together."
Tristan Lawrence representing Sunderland team added:
"I had fun mixing with people from another team and fighting them, the games we played were great"
Lisa Bell PL4S Coordinator for Newcastle United Foundation said:
"I thought Sunday was a great advert for Judo and in particular it demonstrates how sport can bring children all of ages and abilities together. It was really nice that both Newcastle and Sunderland came together to compete in such a big week for both football clubs."