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SAFC search for future football stars

Hoping to impress, the boys show off their skills Credit: ITV

Aspiring footballers from across the North East are being given the chance to follow in the footsteps of stars including SAFC midfielder Jack Colback.

SAFC's official charity, The Foundation of Light, is holding open trials for boys aged five to 16 over the next three days.

Aged 5-16 the boys take part in trials Credit: ITV
Sunderland Credit: ITV

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Wear-Tyne derby: Police praise football fans

Northumbria Police has praised the majority of football fans after Sunday's Wear-Tyne derby.

In total 20 people were arrested, seven of those during an operation carried out before the match. Almost 50,000 supporters attended the game at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.

"Twenty arrests out of crowd of that size is very low. I'm pleased that the vast majority of fans who attended today were clearly there to enjoy the football and were not interested in causing trouble."

– Chief Supt Steve Neill

In Sunderland, the police were out early, visiting bars and pubs and speaking to fans. In Newcastle, officers, working with British Transport Police, helped to get more than 1,500 people onto special Metro and Rail services at Central Station in Newcastle.

"Public safety is always our number one priority during any football match and the few people who chose to pose a threat to public safety were dealt with swiftly by police."

– Chief Supt Steve Neill

Sunderland schoolchildren given glimpse of future

Students gather at Sunderland's Stadium of Light Credit: Rachel Sweeney, Tyne Tees

More than 1500 young people from around 20 schools are being shown what the future could have in store for them at Sunderland's first Work Discovery Week event.

Around 40 top businesses from around the region are taking part in the project which runs throughout this week.

The event, at the Stadium of Light, includes a careers fair, key note speakers and a fashion show featuring the correct clothes to wear for interviews and for the work place.

The children will also take part in practical demonstrations covering everything from welding to a biology dexterity test.

Commercial Director, Gary Hutchinson, welcomes schoolchildren Credit: Rachel Sweeney, Tyne Tees

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