A new under-seven football side has been set up in Silksworth with the aim of getting youngsters off the street and into sport.
The new team is as a result of a partnership between Local Charity Youth Almighty Project and Wearside League Club Silksworth Colliery Welfare.
Local Councillor Phil Tye is both the chairman of the charity and of Silksworth CW.
He hopes the two can work together to make improvements in the community and that football could be a way to occupy young people in the town, who would otherwise be on the streets.
Coun Tye said: “We’ve set up an under-seven side that train every week with the coaches from the football club. With the charity I run, Youth Almighty Project and Silksworth Colliery Welfare, it’s a partnership approach.
“You can just look on all the street corners and lots of young people are kicking about with a ball, and this is the opportunity to get them attached.
“I think with Silksworth Colliery Welfare being a family orientated club, the changes could really bring a sense of community back into Silksworth, which is something that we’ve missed.”
Manager of the Senior Silksworth side Mark McGinley and assistant Scott Cameron will be taking charge of the under-7 side.
Mr McGinley said: “The team will be made of local boys who live in and around the area and with this being our first venture into junior football we want to do it right.
“Of course, we will want to do well and win games but we will not make sacrifices to win.
“We initially want to make sure the boys are taught how to play and enjoy their football.”
Training sessions for the under-seven side take place in the Youth Almighty base at Silksworth Community Centre on Sunday mornings.
For more information including joining, sponsorship of funding, contact Philip Tye on: 07557528492.