A FOOTBALL club dedicated to encouraging youngsters to get sporty has been nominated for an award.
Hebburn Town Juniors FC is up for Community Group of the Year in the Pride of South Tyneside Awards 2014.
The club was nominated for the accolade, which is sponsored by South Tyneside Homes, by Norman Gray, whose son plays for the under-13s team.
He said: “This club really is a shining light when it comes to promoting and encouraging youngsters to partake in sport. Not only are they recognised regionally, but also nationally – the awards they have won will verify that.
“The club is soon to have 33 football teams, ranging in ages from six to 18. The club really shows what community is all about.”
The volunteer-run club, which is based at Clegwell CA in Mountbatten Avenue, Hebburn, is headed by chairman Steve Rutherford, who also coaches the members.
He said: “It’s great to be nominated for this award and really good to be recognised for the work we do.
“Winning would be magnificent for the coaches and the kids – it would just feel outstanding.”
He added: “The club was started 11 years ago by two enthusiastic parents who wanted their kids to play football.
“Before then, the kids had just been playing football in the park, and we wanted to keep that ethos.
“It’s all about having fun and getting together with friends to play football in a safe and secure environment.”