Young rugby players will be the pride of their schools as they take their skills on a Lions tour.
The best Year 11 players from the Emmanuel Schools Foundation, including those from Bede Academy in Blyth, have joined forces for a five-day tournament against young talent in Scotland.
The players from Bede Academy, The King’s Academy in Coulby Newham, Trinity Academy in Thorne, and Emmanuel College in Gateshead, underwent a rigorous selection procedure to win a coveted place.
The final 25-strong squad of players were presented with their ESF Lions kit after meeting at Emmanuel College before embarking on the 11th annual tour.
A battle of tactics, tenacity and teamwork, the tour will see the boys play top school sides from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Berwick, as well as visit historic Murrayfield, the home of Scottish rugby.
Head of school at Emmanuel College, Matt Waterfield, said: “You have come together from four very different places and four different schools that share the same values of commitment to be the very best.
“Living together, training together and playing together on the rugby field will be something very special and something you will not forget.”
Bede Academy captain, Tom Marshall, added: “My uncle was a coach so I started young. I play for the Newcastle Falcons Academy and am part of the England Player Pathway. Hopefully, by the end of the season, I may get the chance to play for England U16s.”