FOOTBALL-MAD youngsters met some of Sunderland’s cup heroes as full-time blew on a summer coaching course.
Former Black Cats Jimmy Montgomery and Micky Horswill, both members of the club’s 1973 FA Cup win, gave out awards to children who’ve been on a summer soccer school.
Gary Bennett also helped in passing on his years of experience in the game by fellow Roker Park favourite Kieron Brady.
The course has been held on Mondays and Tuesdays throughout the school summer holidays at pitches at St Aidan’s Parish Centre in Middle Herrington.
As well as football fun, sessions on fishing and other activities were also available.
Gary, who captained SAFC during the 1980s and 1990s and also played for Carlisle United, Scarborough and Darlington, said: “We’ve had 120 kids over the first five weeks of the summer holidays and they’ve all enjoyed it.
“The coaching is run in conjunction with the Laf (Lifestyle Activity and Food) programme, which gets the kids to think about healthy eating every day too.
“We do fishing classes and keep-fit classes as well, so there’s something for everyone.”
Many of the youngsters were overjoyed to get to meet Black Cats heroes Jimmy and Micky, with Gary admitting: “I think the parents and grandparents were even more excited to see them than the kids!
“But I have to say a big thanks to the two lads for coming down to the presentation.”
The sessions will return at St Aidan’s during half-term week in October.
For more details or to book a child’s place for the course, email Gary at firstname.lastname@example.org.