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Sixty-four primary schools from across the region took part in four regional qualifiers last week for the under-11s mixed Premier League Schools Tournament.

Organised by Newcastle United Foundation, 512 pupils from Newcastle, Northumberland, Gateshead and North Tyneside played in a mini-league format followed by knock-out matches, with the following schools winning their respective regional qualifiers.

Newcastle - Newcastle School for Boys
Northumberland - Ponteland Community Middle School
Gateshead - South Street Community Primary School
North Tyneside - Redesdale Primary School

There was also success for the under-13 Girls Premier League Schools Tournament, with more than 24 schools competing at Walker Activity Dome.

In total, 192 girls participated and the two finalists were John Spence Community High School (North Tyneside) and Whickham School & Sports College (Gateshead).

The winning schools will now progress to the regional finals, which will be held at Newcastle United's first team Training Centre on Friday, 7th March.

Winners of these finals will then represent Newcastle United at the Grand Finals. This national event will see 20 teams, each representing their Premier League club, compete at the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City.

Giles Sandercock, senior football development officer at Newcastle United Foundation, said: "The Premier League Schools Tournament is a fantastic opportunity for girls and boys from right across the North -ast to represent their schools in this prestigious competition.

"For many it will be a once in a lifetime chance to represent Newcastle United in a national competition, and to play on the hallowed turf of a Premier League ground. The enthusiasm and attitude of all the players has been a credit to the schools participating."