MORE than 100 young footballers helped get a new sports centre at Sunderland College up and running by taking part in a tournament.
The two-day Fast Feet Football Academy event, featuring sessions for children aged seven to 11, was organised to celebrate the launch of the college’s Bede Campus.
The football development centre aims to inspire children to enjoy and participate in sports, including futsal, a version of football played indoors.
The organisation holds events for more than 900 children a week across the North East, and it will now be running weekly sessions for youngsters at the college’s new sports building.
Mark Rutter, Fast Feet Football Academy’s coaching director, said: “Our first event at Sunderland College was a huge success, and we were delighted that so many children attended.
“Hosting the futsal festival at the college’s fabulous new sporting facilities was a great privilege, and we look forward to working closely with them in the future.”
The new building features a sports hall, sports science performance lab, massage and treatment areas, exercise studio and a £100,000 fitness suite.
Graham Mytton, the college’s head of sport and tourism, said: “We believe it’s very important for the college to be part of the community, and we are committed to working with groups to ensure people in the area have access to excellent facilities.”