Boro players take the MFC Foundation speed cage challenge - Photo by Doug Moody

The first team squad took turns to test how hard they could strike a ball after training at Rockliffe Park, with young goalkeeper Connor Ripley topping he scores with an impressive 81mph shot and Argentinian star Emmanuel Ledesma not far behind on 79mph.

And in-form striker Curtis Main showed his potency with both feet, registering 74mph with both his left and his right.

Connor Ripley takes the MFC Foundation speed cage challenge - Photo by Doug Moody

The Boro players finished well ahead of Teesside University students who also tried out the Speed Cage recently when MFC Foundation staff and student volunteers held a fundraiser for the club's charity.

The highest score of the day came from students Andrew Milbourne, Jack Farrell and Craig Wilson, who each clocked an impressive 59mph - a long way behind our pros, who averaged 74mph!

Connor Ripley takes the MFC Foundation speed cage challenge - Photo by Doug Moody

The time and effort put in by the volunteers helped raise over £100 to help the Foundation continue making a real difference.

MFC Foundation delivers projects in the heart of our community to make a lasting, positive impact on the lives of local people.

Every year the Foundation works with more than 20,000 people across a wide range of sports, health, education and youth inclusion projects.

Emmanuel Ledesma takes the MFC Foundation speed cage challenge - Photo by Doug Moody

Following the success of the Rockliffe and University visits, MFC Foundation is launching a brand new Powershot League for local companies.

Businesses can now ask for a visit from the Speed Cage to their site, where Foundation staff will record employees' scores and enter them into a league table to see how hard Teesside kicks.

Emmanuel Ledesma takes the MFC Foundation speed cage challenge - Photo by Doug Moody

All proceeds will go towards MFC Foundation, using the power of football to transform lives on Teesside.

To get your organisation involved or for more information, please contact our fundraising team on 01642 757676 or email enquiries@mfcp.co.uk.