Rugby playing youngsters at a South Tyneside school picked up two trophies at the home of their sporting heroes.
The tag rugby players from St Bede’s RC Primary, in South Shields, are celebrating after picking up the prizes at Kingston Park, the home of the Newcastle Falcons.
Pupils from the school, in Claypath Lane, were among a host of North East schools taking part in two rugby tournaments on the famous pitch before the Falcons took on the London-based Harlequins on Saturday.
The school’s teams, The Saints, had a young development side in the Vantec League and managed to remain unbeaten, with five wins and a draw to win the cup.
The St Bede’s team won their first four games, before narrowly beating Hilton Academy, from Blakelaw, Newcastle 4-3.
In their final game, the Saints needed a point to be sure of League victory, but things looked difficult at 3-1 down against Grange First School, from Gosforth.
At half time they were even invited to play in front of 7,500 people to round off a memorable day.Brian McVittie, St Bede’s teacher and coach
However, St Bede’s secured the win with late tries from players Jake Clarke and Nick Campbell.
Captain Jude Connor was later presented with the Vantec League Cup by Mike Blair, the former Scottish International and British and Irish Lions player.
St Bede’s Year 3 pupil, Joseph Wood, said: “It was an amazing experience to play on the Falcons pitch, and one that I will always remember.”
St Bede’s also had a team from Years 4 and 5 taking part in the Port of Tyne League.
The children didn’t manage to win the league, but were selected out of 23 participating schools to win the Spirit of Rugby Award 2015, which was presented to captain Sophie Rowland.
Dan Simpson, a Falcons community coach, said: “All of the referees felt that St Bede’s played in the right spirit, while always upholding the core values of the game.”
St Bede’s teacher and coach, Brian McVittie, added: “The players enjoyed a successful and enriching experience at Kingston Park, well supported by their families. At half time they were even invited to play in front of 7,500 people to round off a memorable day.”