Budding footballers are being given the chance to be trained by a Sunderland hero later this month.
Julio Arca, who now plays for South Shields, will be involved in a two-day coaching course.
The children will be getting very good football coaching from a team which includes myself and Julio Arca, which is a great opportunity for themJon King
The Argentinean is now embarking on a coaching career, and will coach the children alongside South Shields manager Jon King at Mariners Park, in Shaftesbury Avenue.
The course will be held on October 28 and 29 – during the school half-term – and is open for children aged between four and 14.
Mr King said: “This is a great chance for children to meet new friends, as well as stay fit and healthy during the school holidays.
“They will also be getting very good football coaching from a team which includes myself and Julio, which is a great opportunity for them.
“Julio has years of experience of playing at an extremely high level, and is now an excellent coach as well.”
South Shields vice-captain Daryll Hall will also join the coaching team on the course, which will cover all aspects of the game, from fitness and development to tactics and technique.
There will be small-sided games and competitions, while every child will receive a medal and certificate, to be handed out by Julio at the end of the course.
It will run between 10am and 3pm on each day, while there will be additional prizes available for the children with the best attitude over the two days.
Children should arrive in their playing kit and bring with them shin pads, a packed lunch with drinks and footwear suitable for all types of weather.
The sessions will be based on fun and enjoyment, while all of the coaches are FA qualified and have enhanced CRB clearance.
Mr Arca also played for Middlesbrough in the past, and joined Northern League outfit South Shields in September. He has scored three goals in seven appearances for the Mariners.
Places on the course cost £20 for both days, with parents invited to book early to avoid disappointment.
To book a place, text your child’s name, age and a contact number to 07795 024333.