Tesco store throws its weight behind junior footballers

Annie McCullagh, from Tesco South Shields with team coaches Ian and Catherine George, Tesco manager Helen Harber and the Hebburn Town Gold Barca U9 team. Picture by John Millard
Annie McCullagh, from Tesco South Shields with team coaches Ian and Catherine George, Tesco manager Helen Harber and the Hebburn Town Gold Barca U9 team. Picture by John Millard

A junior football team in South Tyneside has secured the backing of a major store in South Shields.

The Tesco outlet has shown its support for the Hebburn Town Gold Barca FC U9s by providing new kit for the forthcoming season.

Helen Harber, the store manager, went along to the club to present the team with their strips before the season kicks off.

She said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Hebburn Town Gold Barca under-9s.

“Here at Tesco we are dedicated to providing our customers with the best experience possible, as well as being committed to supporting local groups and organisations.

“We would like to wish the team the best of luck with the new season and hope that they can win some silverware.”

Hebburn Town Juniors is one of the largest grassroots football communities in the country with around 50 teams.

The club is run solely by volunteers and has more than 500 junior members between the age of four and 22.

Ian George, coach of the U9s team, said: “We would like to thank Tesco for their support and for providing us with kits for the new season.

“The boys are really excited to pull them on and get out on the pitch.”

The club is a community charter standard club and is recognised across the region for its focus on player development and the philosophy to support this.