YOUNGSTERS in Jarrow beat the summertime blues by getting on the ball.
The Valley View Soccer Camp kept children entertained during the long school holidays by teaching them football skills.
Led by coaches Ian Bell and Ryan Clark, the sporting special proved a big hit with local boys and girls when staged at Valley View Primary School in Lambton Terrace, Jarrow.
More than 30 children came along to learn about the finer points of the game and organisers say the attendance was “excellent”.
Ian Bell said: “All the kids had a great time and they came back day after day during the course.
“They all seemed very keen to pick up football skills and I think it was the perfect way to keep them interested, as children can get bored as the school holidays go on.
“We hope the school could become an annual event.”
Football-mad youngsters were split into two groups, aged four to seven and eight to 12, and the school was publicised with flyers and posters.
The summer football sessions were supported by Valley View School, Primrose CA and Jarrow FC, and coaches were glad that three girls joined the rest of the boys to learn football skills.
Plus, the football course raised money for St Clare’s Hospice in Jarrow.
Mr Bell added: “Hopefully, once all the money’s in, we should have raised a few hundred pounds for the hospice.
“And the response was so positive that we definitely want to make the Valley View Soccer Camp an annual event.”