YOUNG footballers pitched in to score a fundraising goal.
Whiteleas Juniors Football Club is hoping to raise £1,500 to fund a soccer-based trip to Scarborough.
To help them kick-off their fundraising quest, a football tournament was held in the grounds of Chuter Ede Community Centre.
The event, which saw 14 teams from across the region pitting their skills against each other, raised £900.
A further £200 was donated to the seven and eight-year-olds by a club supporter.
The tournament was the first one organised by team coach Paul Kirton, who said he was “delighted” with the event.
Mr Kirton, who coaches the youngsters at Chuter Ede Community Centre in Galsworthy Road, South Shields, said: “The tournament was absolutely fantastic.
“We had about 500 people turn out to the event and £900 was raised for the club.
“It was the first time I’ve organised something like this and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves – especially the youngsters.
“After the event’s success, I will definitely look to doing something else in the future.
“I would just like to thank everyone who helped out on the day including the brothers and sisters of those playing who helped to look after the tuck shops.”
The team hope to embark on their trip to Scarborough in the summer.
During the trip, they will take on their Yorkshire counterparts and take part in training sessions.
* Whiteleas Juniors FC has a range of teams for all ages and has recently launched new training sessions for youngsters in the reception class or year one at the school.
The sessions are run by qualified coaches on Mondays at Chuter Ede Community Centre from 6pm to 7pm.
The club is also on the lookout for parents keen to help with fundraising and general assistance. For information, contact the centre on 536 0515