Trident Soccer hosted a celebration of football last month to mark its 18th anniversary as a coaching organisation.
The special event was held at Hipsburn First School and Newcastle United Reserve team manager Willie Donachie and Newcastle United U21 striker Jonni Quinn were guests of honour.
Thousands of boys and girls within Northumberland have been coached by Trident Soccer over the past 18 years and the opportunity to celebrate the company’s coming of age brought together friends and former students both old and new, according to coach Ryan Jobson.
Donachie, a former Manchester City winger and Scottish international, engaged with the children by being involved with small-sided games and coaching youngsters dribbling skills.
Alnwick teenager Jonni Quinn is a former Trident Soccer student and participated in the event by demonstrating the art of goalscoring, penalty-taking and also ran the Top Gun speed radar challenge.
The Trident Soccer programme is entirely self-sufficient and operates without grant aid, financial assistance or sponsorship.
Throughout, brothers Ryan and Shaun have continued to deliver their own brand of football skills, mentoring and education, giving opportunities to local children.
Ryan said that the main objective has been to give youngsters of all abilities the opportunity to be coached and to play the game.
He thanked everyone who has been involved over the years and added: “It has been a privilege to work within local communities and provide a link, spanning close to two decades with players across all ages and abilities.”