The seventh annual John Hird Challenge Cup has showcased the talent being produced by grassroots football teams in the region.
Pupils from eight different primary schools in Gateshead put on an impressive display as part of the two-day 5-a-side competition.
South Street Community Primary School won the cup after a closely-fought game against Lingey House Primary School.
Labour Councillor for the Felling ward Paul McNally said: "The standard of football was first class, the best we have seen."
Commenting on the potential for future stars among the primary school players, Cllr McNally said: "This is how it all starts.
"You don't get to European football by accident. It's called the grass roots and we have to work from the bottom upwards."
The tournament, which was held at the Gateshead International Stadium, is played in honour of former Felling councillor John Hird, who died in 2005.
His widow Maureen Hird said: "He loved his football - he'd be so thrilled."
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