The competition was sponsored by SportsMatch, Spinnaka, Northumbrian Water, the National Blood Donor Service, South Tyneside SSP, Northumbria University, Sport England, TWEBLO
, Northern Rock and the Newcastle Eagles.
The programme has also been supported by SportsMatch, TWEBLO
, Newcastle Neighbourhood Renewal Fund, Newcastle City Council, the Northern Rock Foundation, South Tyneside Primary Care Trust, North Tyneside Primary Care Trust and Sport England.
general manager Val Milnes said the region is facing a skills shortfall in tourism despite its burgeoning contribution to the economy.
The BIC which normally supplies and manages IT systems for up to 200 North East businesses a year, including TWEBLO
and the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, now hopes to extend its service to more of the region's schools and colleges.
The programme is organised by the Education Business Connections, managed by the Tyne and Wear Business Link Organisation, TWEBLO
, and funded by the Learning and Skills Council, LSC.
Val Milnes, general manager of TWEBLO
, which is funding the initiative, said: "We know all football strikes a real chord with children ( boys and girls ( especially in this area, so we feel SAFC Foundation plays an important part in our overall strategy of making the workplace more familiar and welcoming to school students"