South Shields’ Santos Under-13s are set to take on Newcastle City Juniors in a friendly at Mariners Park on Sunday.
Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper is among the coaches on the opposition staff.
Kick-off is at 10.30am on the bottom pitch, and the club would like to invite the other junior teams and managers to show their support on the day.
Both teams are known for their attacking style of play, and a good match is in prospect.
South Shields Santos Under-13s are looking ahead to the new season with confidence after a hugely successful campaign last time out.
The team, which has just secured a crucial sponsorship from Steve Brewis School of Excellence Driving School, has won the Premier Division of the Russell Foster Youth League for the last two years.
They have also won cup competitions and numerous tournaments, including most recently, the North of England Champions League.
The team will move into 11 v 11 games now, and will play their home games at Mortimer Community College.
They are set to leapfrog a year, and go into the Under-14s First Division for next season.
Secretary Steve Morton said: “We’d like to say a big thanks to our new team sponsor, Steve Brewis School of Excellence Driving School, for their support.”
The club’s junior section held its 2014-15 presentation night at The Mile bar, in Brigham Place, South Shields, on Sunday.
The club was overwhelmed at the turn out, as all of the junior teams were strongly represented.
The new club secretary of the junior section, Steve Taylor – who also runs the club’s Under-8s side – said: “This is my first experience of an SSFC event, and it is an experience none of the team or their parents will forget.
“The turnout was fantastic, and the kids were very well-behaved.
“It was a great night for all concerned, and a tremendous advertisement for grassroots football in the town.”
Bob commended the youth set-up on a well-organised and thoroughly enjoyable evening.
The young South Shields players, their families and all concerned with the club were especially happy to welcome along three young players from Sunderland and Newcastle United to assist in the presentation of trophies to the teams.
All three were responsible for bringing smiles to the faces of the young Mariners.
The players, who are now forging careers in professional football, played in the same South Shields town team only a few seasons ago, and provide great inspiration for the young footballers as to what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.
The presentation of trophies continued into the night, with Newcastle recruitment officer Kevin Bolam on hand to present and congratulate all the players on their achievements over the past season.
Kevin has worked tirelessly over the years for South Shields FC, and until his recent appointment at Newcastle ran the club’s hugely successful Under-18s side.
Another highlight of the evening was the appearance of former Leicester City and full Jamaican international Trevor Benjamin, who attended the event and presented trophies to the older age groups.
Trevor has played a big part in highlighting the organisation ‘Show Racism the Red Card’, which SSFC are proud to be associated with and are looking forward to running workshops with over the coming season.
Players from the age of seven to 16 enjoyed their moment in the spotlight as each team took to the stage to rapturous applause from a full house.
The parents’ Paparazzi were out in force to capture the event, with all official photographs taken by Mak Walters.
Mak continues to support the club and volunteered his services for free yet again. All official photographs will be available on the youth section’s official Facebook page (South Shields FC – Community) within seven days. Please ‘like’ the page to help grow awareness of the club.
As the evening drew to a close and with the room still packed, Martin Urwin, who is now chairman of the youth section, reflected on the evening’s events by saying: “Football as a sport can make a great impact on the local community, and on Sunday we have gathered together to support hundreds of young sports people.
“The intention of the club is to build on what we have already achieved, and to reach out into the local community in the coming months and years to provide even more opportunities for everyone.”