A TEAM of Wearside youngsters are celebrating taking the title on home ground.
The North East Kurling Inclusive Cup championship was held for the first time this year at Academy 360 and a team from the Sunderland school beat the opposition.
Becoming more and more popular, this was the fourth year of the contest, organised by Multi-Sport UK, and teams from across four counties, Tyne and Wear, Durham, North Yorkshire and Northumberland, gathered on Wearside to take part.
Steve Huntley, director of Multi-Sport UK and organiser of the competition, said it was completely inclusive and involved people aged from seven to 89 and of all abilities, taking part in the sport of New Age Kurling.
One team was made up of all wheelchair users and another team was all pensioners in their 80s.
He said: “This is very much a unique sport where people of all abilities and disabilities can compete on an equal platform.
“This was the first time Academy 360 has hosted the event and they were fantastic hosts, all the teams thoroughly enjoyed themselves and all commented on how friendly everyone at the school was.
“I was really pleased with the day, it was really good. Some of the visitors might never have been to Sunderland before and they all had a really good time.
“The school and the city should be proud of themselves.”
Steve said the competition was a good social interaction event between young and old, able bodied and disabled people.