English Martyrs School and Sixth Form College’s Year 10 squad have made it through to the final of the English Schools' Football Association (ESFA) Elite Schools Under 15 Nationals Cup.
They will take on Ormiston Victory Academy, from Norwich, at the stadium of Championship side West Bromwich Albion, The Hawthorns, on Thursday, May 26.
The game is a chance for a Hartlepool school to win the Elite Nationals Cup for the first time and make history for the school and the town.
English Martyrs’ head teacher Sara Crawshaw said: “We are incredibly proud to be finalists in this national competition.
"These talented players have demonstrated that they are the best in the country and their sportsmanship and work ethic have got them to this national final.
"They very much deserve to bring this trophy home to Hartlepool.”
On their way to the final, the Year 10 squad have come up against England internationals and several professional academy players.
They have overcome Kepier School, Monkwearmouth, Mortimer, St Aidan’s COFE Harrogate, and Sandwell Academy in some thrilling games.
English Martyrs is home to one of four football academies in the region which sees talented footballers receive top coaching from Improtech Soccer alongside their studies.
Head coach Stuart Brand said: “I’m delighted with the approach from the players and standards which have been set, resulting in some terrific team performances."
Stuart who has also overseen the recent success of the Year 8’s, 9’s and 10’s all win their Hartlepool Town Cup Finals at Victoria Park.
Both Year 8s and 10s also have Cleveland County cup finals to look forward to.
English Martyrs and Improtech also currently have five Year 11 students on trial with Hartlepool United who are attempting to earn a professional scholarship with the club.
This follows the first set of school leavers in 2021 where six out of six Year 11 students all left with professional scholarships at different football clubs.
Northern Lubricants and Services have supported fundraising for the Year 10 squad on their route to the final and any companies interested in being a sponsor should contact the school.