Premier League Schools Tournament

Two local schools got to showcase their skills at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, as they represented Newcastle United at the eighth annual Premier League Schools Tournament.

Redesdale Primary, in Wallsend, entered the under-11 mixed 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 champions Manchester City.

Both schools did Newcastle United proud despite not making it through to the final, and Jack Watson, a pupil at Redesdale Primary, said: "I've had the best day of my life, playing at the Etihad has been an amazing experience."

Marc Burnip, a teacher at John Spence Community High, added: "It was an absolutely fantastic day. The girls are really grateful to Newcastle United Foundation for their help and support through the season, and for making this possible."



Redesdale Primary School:

vs Crystal Palace, 1-1 (goalscorer Josh Gilchrist)

vs Arsenal, 0-0

vs Swansea, 3-1 (Josh Glichrist 2, Lewis Smith)

vs West Bromwich Albion, 1-1 (Josh Glichrist)


John Spence Community High School

vs Crystal Palace, 1-1 (goalscorer Shelley Brogden)

vs Arsenal, 2-2 (Jess McVay, Shelley Brogden)

vs Swansea, 0-0

vs West Bromwich Albion, 0-3


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 the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

More than 10,000 young footballers from more than 1,300 schools took part, with the teams aiming to reach the Etihad. One thousand spectators filled the seats of the famous stadium to see the Premier League Schools Tournament champions crowned and presented with a replica Premier League trophy.

The Schools Tournament will feature on a special episode of BBC Match of the Day Kickabout on Saturday at 7.30am.

Premier League Schools Tournament