A conference is to be held next month to officially launch South Shields FC Foundation’s new programme for primary schools and nurseries.

Led by the Foundation’s Nathan Kew, the conference will be held at The Word, in Market Place, South Shields, on Friday, February 15.

We will discuss the current PE curriculum and how we can contribute to schools’ current provision.

We will also talk about interventions and how to successfully link literacy and numeracy into the PE curriculum.

Schools and nurseries which attend the conference will get the opportunity to meet other schools which have been piloting the programme during January.

As well as PE co-ordinators, the conference is aimed at school and nursery staff who have the responsibility for bringing the everyday curriculum into sport.

Nathan Kew, the Foundation’s Programme Delivery Lead, said: “We are very excited to welcome schools to the launch of our new programme.

“We feel that the programme can greatly assist primary and nurseries and look forward to explaining this at length at the conference.

“High-quality PE can have a huge impact on a child’s social, physical and emotional development, and this starts in primary education.

“It is vital children are given the best possible opportunity to get their physical education off to a good start, which is what we feel we are able to provide.

“The programme fits perfectly with the Foundation’s ethos, which is about improving the health and well-being of the local community.

“We hope that the conference is well-attended and that schools will be as enthused about the programme as we are.”

Nathan has written and developed the bespoke programme, and will deliver it in schools which sign up.

The conference will take place at The Word between 10am and 12pm on Friday, February 15, with lunch to follow.

Registration and coffee will begin at 9.30am.

If you would like to attend the conference, please send an email to foundation@southshieldsfc.co.uk.

Please note that all those who attend must be school or nursery staff.

South Shields progressed to the fifth round of the National League Under-19 Alliance League Cup with a superb 5-2 win at Mansfield Town on Wednesday.

The young Mariners have been in terrific form and continued that with a fine showing in Nottinghamshire.

Lee Picton and Graham Fenton’s side were in command in the first half, racing into a 4-1 lead.

Goals from Sam Hodgson, David Allasan, Olly Scott and Ethan Biwer did the damage as Shields took what appeared to be an unassailable advantage into the second half.

Mansfield responded well after the break, but a goal from substitute Dom Minchella wrapped up an impressive victory for the Mariners as they marched into the next round.

Picton was satisfied with the performance of his team.

He said: “We played some really attractive stuff at times, particularly in the first half.

“We led 4-1 at half-time and unfortunately allowed our levels to drop a little bit in the second half, but we still had enough to see out the victory.

“Overall it was a very pleasing performance and one we can take great heart from.

“For us to travel that far and come away with a result like this is brilliant.

“Fingers crossed we get a good home draw in the next round to give us the best possible opportunity of progressing further.”

SSFC Academy team to face Mansfield Town: Bramley, Biwer, Devine, Bexton, Onarbay, Lockey, Thompson, Scott, Hodgson, Guy, Allasan. Subs: Patterson, Elcoate, Minchella, Colquhoun.

Goals: Hodgson, Allasan, Scott, Biwer, Minchella.

The club’s Under-19s are also in fine form in the league, and sit third in the table heading into their next fixture, away to Eccleshill United on Wednesday, January 30.

They are 11 points behind leaders Guiseley with three games in hand, and six points behind second-placed Gateshead, who have played four more games.

The young Mariners’ most recent outing in the league saw them come from behind to defeat York City 2-1 at Silksworth Sports Complex on Wednesday, January 9.

After falling behind, Max Cowburn drew Shields level on 73 minutes to set up a grandstand finish.

The young Mariners finally got their rewards against impressive opposition when Sam Hodgson netted the winner 13 minutes from the end as Shields leapfrogged their opponents in the table.

It promises to be an exciting end to the season for the Under-19s as they battle for silverware on two fronts.