North East school "put North Tyneside on the map" with success at Barcelona football tournament

The girls side won their part of the tournament in Spain.The girls side won their part of the tournament in Spain.
The girls side won their part of the tournament in Spain.
The Wallsend school sent three teams to the Spanish city to compete.

Churchill Community College has claimed to put the North East on the world map after storming to glory at the World Schools Games Football Cup in Barcelona.

52 students from the school made the journey from Wallsend to Barcelona to compete in the tournament last month, playing across three days of competition in the search for success on the world stage.

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Competing as five teams, the students from year 8 through to year 10 took on teams from 22 countries across the globe and returned with two trophies.

Thanks to 17 goals in 7 games for the team’s captain, Churchill’s under 13 girls team stormed to victory in the final with an 8-0 win and were crowned champions.

The second trophy wasn’t too far away and, following a tense penalty shootout, Churchill’s under 13 united team held their nerve and were crowned plate champions 2023.

Three other teams competed in the competition, each battling their way through to the rounds and narrowly missing out on the top spots:

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  • Churchill’s under 13 city side finished in 6th place.
  • The school’s under 15 girls narrowly missed out in their final on penalties
  • Churchill’s under 15 boys made it to the finals but a late goal saw the team finish proudly in 4th place.

Karl Barry who led the trip to Barcelona for Churchill Community College has praised the teams. He said: “I want to say a huge well done to all students involved who showed passion, skill and resilience in each of their games."

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“Each team came home with their heads held high having made new friends from around the world and made memories to last a lifetime" he continued.

“None of this would have been possible without the hours of training they all put in prior to the tournament and the incredible support of their friends, families, and teachers both before and during the event.

“We’ve really put North Tyneside on the map and that’s something we’re very proud of.”

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