Football course proves a hit

Hipsburn Players of the Course were Group 1, left, Sonny Overton, and right, Group 2, Sian McCubbin with coach Ryan Jobson and NUFC Under 21 player Jonni Quinn.

Hipsburn Players of the Course were Group 1, left, Sonny Overton, and right, Group 2, Sian McCubbin with coach Ryan Jobson and NUFC Under 21 player Jonni Quinn.

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Trident Soccer hosted successful coaching camps at Hipsburn First School and Wooler First School during the May half-term holidays.

The fun-packed week included five-a-side games, skills coaching, attacking and defending, team work and team-shape and the ever popular speed-radar shoot-out.

Both camps were attended by Newcastle United U21 player Jonni Quinn who answered questions on Newcastle United, work ethic, training, his personal development to being a professional player and providing a skills demonstrations for the youngsters.

Jonni, from Alnwick, started training with Trident Soccer in 2001 at the Duchess High School and was a member of the Trident Academy team displaying their skills in front of the late Sir Bobby Robson at the opening ceremony of Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre.

He said: “I have really enjoyed my time back at where my footballing career started and the Trident Soccer camps brought back a lot of happy memories. The boys and girls were brilliant and I was delighted to attend.”

Trident Soccer’s Ryan Jobson thanked the coaches, volunteers, parents and children for their support as well as Jonni for providing encouragement to the youngsters.

He said: “Jonni showed immense talent at an early age and has worked extremely hard to earn a professional contract with Newcastle United.

“He has not forgotten his early beginnings and continues to encourage youngsters to participate in active sport and grass-roots football.”