Hartlepool primary pupils meet Middlesbrough FC manager on trip to Boro training ground

Pupils and staff from Clavering Primary School and Holy Trinity Primary School with Boro manager Aitor Karanka during a visit to Rockliffe Park, the club's training ground
Pupils and staff from Clavering Primary School and Holy Trinity Primary School with Boro manager Aitor Karanka during a visit to Rockliffe Park, the club's training ground

CHILDREN from two Hartlepool primary schools met the Middlesbrough manager and toured the club’s state-of-the-art facilities during an unforgettable trip.

The lucky youngsters from Clavering Primary School and Holy Trinity CE Primary School even got the chance to take part in a training session led by members of the club’s academy as part of their visit to Rockliffe Park, in Hurworth, Darlington.

Youngsters from Clavering Primary School and Holy Trinity Primary School during a visit to Rockliffe Park, Middlesbrough's training ground

Youngsters from Clavering Primary School and Holy Trinity Primary School during a visit to Rockliffe Park, Middlesbrough's training ground

And after a tour of the fantastic facilities on offer at the training complex, the children then got the chance to meet and quiz the Boro boss and former Real Madrid defender Aitor Karanka.

And it was all very much deserved for the youngsters from the two schools, who had both been successful at the Hartlepool round of the first ever Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation Year 3 and 4 football tournament, which was held at the Sports Domes, in Seaton Carew.

After the morning to remember touring the facility, the talented youngsters took on the best teams from across the Tees Valley in the area finals.

Although neither team won the tournament, Clavering’s deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy praised the youngsters from both schools for their performances and thanked the football club for putting on such a fantastic day for the children.

Mr McAvoy said: “The day will stay long in the memories of both sets of boys for the rest of their lives.

“They were a credit to the town and while watching them play, it was easy to forget how young they are.

“We would like to thank Middlesbrough Football Club for this amazing opportunity and we will certainly be keen to qualify again next year.”