History of the League
The league was formed with the sole sponsorship
of Mr Foster in 1975 to provide football facilities for youngsters in
the local community. The initial season saw 8 teams competing in one
under 13 Division - this season we have 434 teams competing in 37
divisions covering age groups from under 9's to under 18's. The
phenomenal growth of the League is testament to the hardwork of many
people involved with the League but would have been impossible without
the assistance we have received from our Sponsor and President.
Future of the League
Our long term plans include having our own
indoor and outdoor sports complex enabling us to continue as a league
but to assist in providing outdoor pitches for games and an indoor hall
for small sided events. This will enable the new small-sided teams for
boy's aged 6-10 to practice the skills they have been gaining from
recent personal coaching. We also intend to undertake providing youth
leagues for girls as we find there is now a definite requirement for
such Leagues. Again, all our long and short term plans are due to the
continued support of Russell Foster who is donating 80 acres of land to
the League to enable them to develop their Sports Complex.
A bit about the President
The President of the Tyne and Wear Youth
Leagues, Mr Russell Foster, has been our sponsor since its formation.
Russell Foster is a local businessman who has given unfailing support
over quarter of a century and has taken a keen interest in the growth
of the League from its humble beginnings to the huge League, which it
Mr Foster, a family man himself, has always shown intense interest
in the activities of the League and careers of several of our 'old
boys' over the years. He takes great pride in having played some small
part in various local players' start in the Game such as Paul
Gascoigne, Michael Gray, Lee Clark, Stuart Downing and Grant Leadbetter
to name but a few.