Schoolboy footballers set sights on trophy

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SPORTY Boldon youngsters are on target for double delight after keeping up a rich school tradition on the football pitch.

Hedworth Lane Primary School’s football team – comprised of pupils aged between nine and 11 – have finished their season unbeaten and are now setting their sights on adding a second piece of silverware to their league trophy.

The talented team notched eight wins out of eight in an inter-school league, taking on fellow pupils from across the borough, racking up 32 goals and conceding just one.

The Boldon Colliery side are already holders of the Bart Rippon Trophy, played by more than 20 teams, and are hoping to retain the title in the spring.

Headteacher Tony Gill is thankful for the support of school staff in managing the team, and to parents and family for cheering them on.

Mr Gill said: “The team have had great success for the past couple of years. It also teaches them the importance of team work and camaraderie.

“The really nice thing is, as the school is 101 years old, we have pictures of the football team going back to the 1930s.

“Many of the players will have family who have played in previous teams.”