A series of training sessions being held in Blyth by the Newcastle United Foundation has kicked off.
More than 40 youngsters took part at Bede Academy’s first Saturday soccer session.
The training, open to young people from across south east Northumberland, includes advice on warming up, technical work, fun games and skills competitions.
Neil Winskill, football development officer for the foundation, said: “We are working with Bede primary years pupils, running a twice-weekly after-school club, and have run a family football programme for secondary years children.
“The new soccer Saturdays are the first weekly sessions we have held in the area, and it’s fantastic that Bede Academy has given us access to its facilities so we can open up our training to more young people.”
The current course runs for three more Saturdays.
More five-week courses are lined up to start in March, May and June.
Holiday soccer schools will also be run next month.
Jamie Fuller, eight, of Blackthorne Drive in Blyth, was one of those taking part in the first session.
His mum, Gail Kennedy, said: “Jamie wants to play for a local team, and we thought this would help build his skills and confidence.”
Each course costs a £5 booking fee, then £2 for each session.
Bede Academy vice-principal Steve Nelson added: “It is a fantastic opportunity for children to get some high-quality coaching in addition to what they already experience in school.”
To book a place on any of the courses call (0191) 215 3208 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org