Newcastle, Leeds, and Sunderland star Michael Bridges is giving Monkseaton Academy pupils a chance to make it in football.
The striker, who now plays for A-League club Newcastle Jets, joined the teenagers for a one off coaching session at the North Tyneside school.
Monkseaton Academy was set up to give boys aged 17 to 19 the chance to combine football and education.
The academy has forty students and is based at Monkseaton High School.
Head coach Lee Picton is assisted by former premiership player Graham Fenton.
They aim to give youngsters from across the area the opportunity to hone their skills alongside academic lessons with the hope of catching the eye of American Universities. Some even hope to make a mark in England.
Anyone interested in finding out more about the academy at Monkseaton should contact Lee Picton on 07930 420020 or e-mail 96Pictonl@monkseaton.org
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