Pools Under 16s will compete in the National Final of the Schoolboy Games Programme on Sunday 10th December.
Tony Sweeney’s side will take on Oxford United in the match at Derby County’s Training Ground, with kick off at 2pm.
After topping the North East group, which featured the likes of Burton Albion, Rotherham United, Scunthorpe United and Notts County, Pools saw off North West table-toppers Shrewsbury Town in the Northern Area semi-final two weeks ago.
And the reward for their run of good form is a National Final against winners of the South West group, Oxford United, who saw off competition from Wimbledon in the Southern Final.
“I’m pleased for the players and for the Academy as a whole as this achievement is a consequence of many years of hard work, effort and planning in striving to improve the Academy year on year” Sweeney told hartlepoolunited.co.uk.
“Some of the lads have been in the system since they were nine or ten years old and have worked under numerous coaches over the years who have all helped along the way.
“Ultimately the success of our Academy won’t be judged on excelling in an Under 16 competition but on how many players we can help develop into not only First Team regulars but players that are sought after by teams higher up in the football pyramid.
“But occasions and experiences like this can only benefit that process and aid player development.
“I’ve been lucky enough to train at Derby County’s Training Ground on several occasions when travelling as a player to southern games, and I’ve got to say it’s a top class facility so that environment will inspire the lads not only to try and win the competition but to have a career as a professional where this is your daily place of work.”
We’ll have a full report and reaction to the National Final here on the Official Website.