THE football coach of tragic Jack Burden says he had a bright future ahead of him.
Jack, who played for South Shields-based Mortimer FC, died on Tuesday while on a school trip in Tanzania.
The 18-year-old, from South Shields, was working on a charity project to build sports facilities for a school in the East African country when he died from a severe allergic reaction.
Jack and his classmates from Harton Technology College, were on the trip with expedition company True Adventure.
Despite receiving immediate first aid and treatment with EpiPens - an emergency treatment for anaphylaxis - he could not be resuscitated.
Team coach Kris Wallace said: “Jack was a fantastic young man with such a bright future ahead of him.
“He’d always give you his all on the football field and would never let any of his team mates down. His parents couldn’t have raised a more polite man.
“Jack was more of a younger brother to me than a member of the squad and he will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of crossing paths with him.”