The event was held at Croft Circuit on Sunday October 7, with money raised from the march going towards funding research.

The Under-18s scholars headed to the English Institute of Sport to gain an insight into how elite athletes from a range of different sports train and live their lives.

Based in Sheffield, the English Institute of Sport provides sport science and medical support services to elite athletes, and has help deliver many successful Great Britain Olympic and Paralympic athletes, including Jessica Ennis-Hill, Sir Bradley Wiggins, among others.

The scholars discussed their training regime with the coaches and compared their own commitment against other sports.

No Barriers

Boro striker Rudy Gestede joined the Under-12s by visiting the Abu Bakr Mosque in Middlesbrough to help generate positive relationships with families, friends of the Mosque and the Academy.

The Under-12s discussed what life is like in the Academy, learned what it’s like for young Muslims growing up in Middlesbrough and listened to the evening prayer.

It is part of a ‘No Barriers’ project undertaken by the youngsters, aiming to promote equality and diversity within our club.

The project pays tribute to former professional footballer and British Army Officer Walter Tull and is aimed at encouraging youngsters from diverse backgrounds to learn more about the club and our Academy.