Story added: 15th April 2019

The tour of the North-East as-it-happens...

Howay the lads and lasses! Our Boys Football Development Programme EPDC U9-12s and Girls Football Development Programme ADP U10-12s are on tour from Monday 15th April to Thursday 18th April.

Keep up-to-date with all the latest on their tour of the North-East with our very own dedicated feed below…

Day Four

6:04pm – Message from Coach Chris Ninham – “it’s now looking like it will be nearer 7:30pm.”

4.48pm – A delay means there is a now a new ETA of 6:30pm-7:00pm 🚌

1.48pm – The tourists are on the way back! 🚌

We’ll let you know if the estimated arrival time of 5.30pm at Carrow Road changes.

12.58pm – See some great feedback below from Gemma Dickinson, one of the parents of the Newcastle United Foundation players.

11.09am – The Stadium of Light’s looking great in the sunshine, as the group check out all-areas of the stadium…

…here are the obligatory dugout shots (away dugout, we hope)

…and there’s some time to perfect those post-game interviews.

9.09am – Pack-up, breakfast and check-out done, it’s on to Sunderland’s Stadium of Light for a ground tour.

Day Three

8.34pm – Tonight the tour can choose from either a quiz, a visit to a driving range or, of course, watching the Tottenham vs Manchester City Champions League game.

Plenty have opted for the latter, which at this stage, looks like very good decision!

6.34pm – Here are the headline results from the tournament:

But most importantly, lots of game time for all, with some great togetherness shown both on and off the pitch.

6.13pm – …and here’s an assortment of photos from the boys’ trophy presentations earlier.

Now back to the hotel for evening fun and games and a well-deserved dinner!

4.32pm – Nothing beats that post-tournament feeling…well done, girls!

4.15pm – Yeeeeeeeellows! It was a clean sweep for our U12 girls too, with one team going the whole two days unbeaten!

2.54pm – Well done to our girls’ sides, who both made it through to the final!

Here’s the trophy presentation…

1.16pm – Day two of the tournament, and the groups are enjoying more match action.

8.16am – Buffet breakfast time again. Clearly, the group could get used to this.

Day Two

3.36pm – Here are a few team shots from today’s tournament…


…and we can only assume the boys were eyeing up some future sponsorship deals with this one.

10.35am – It’s tourny-time!

A whole day of fixtures ahead – what can possibly beat that? (Probably the knowledge that there’s actually two whole days of fixtures ahead.)

9.28am – Here’s a couple more snaps from yesterday’s enjoyable game (a 5-0 win for Manchester United U23s, by the way)

The boys and girls were up early this morning for the first day of fixtures – they’re currently en-route to the venue.

Day One

7.15pm – Let’s just rename this the Community Sports Foundation block.

The boys and girls are all set for kick-off.

5.05pm – Journey and check in complete, it’s straight to the canteen for dinner.

After dinner, the group will be heading straight to St James’ Park to catch the Newcastle United and Manchester United U23s in action.

09.44am – And they’re off – the EPDC/ADP Easter Tour of the North-East is underway!

Next stop: Newcastle! (Well, technically the services, but that doesn’t sound as good).


Monday 15th April AM
Leave Carrow Road at 9.30am
Monday 15th April PM
Check in to hotel
Monday 15th April PM
Watch Newcastle United U23 vs Manchester United U23 (7pm KO)
Tuesday 16th April AM
Tournament (Newcastle United, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Doncaster Rovers & York City)
Tuesday 16th April PM
Recover & Evening Meal
Wednesday 17th April AM
Tournament (Newcastle United, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Doncaster Rovers & York City)
Wednesday 17th April PM
Team Games & Evening Meal
Thursday 18th April AM
Tour of Stadium of Light (Sunderland AFC)
Thursday 18th April PM
Travel home, arrive at Norwich City FC at 5.30pm

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