Sports Academy footballers are celebrating after winning the ECFA Category 1 Men’s Group 2A league finishing three points ahead of Gateshead College.

The team excelled throughout the season under the guidance of coach David Penney, winning six of their eight games and scoring over 15 crucial goals.

Pre-season preparation helped the students get match fit, organised, and form a team bond as they competed in friendly games against professional football clubs, setting the tone for the season ahead.

Tom Toulson, a Sport student and captain of the football team, said: “We’ve had a couple of setbacks on the way and a couple of defeats but we grouped together as a team, worked hard to pick ourselves up and achieved good results.”

David Penny, Performance and Athlete Development Coach, added: “It’s been a magnificent effort from every player involved, we showed resilience and strength throughout the season. We have a young and hungry squad which will grow as a group and develop in the next couple of years.”

Last updated: 20th March 2017

Originally posted on: 20th March 2017