Rafa Benitez continues his one man crusade to try and turn Newcastle United back into a normal club.
As well as his work on matchdays and training through the week, the United boss has also been busy off the pitch with a number of initiatives to heklp bring club and community closer together.
Rafa’s latest involvement is to agree to be guest of honour at a charity fundraiser on Tuesday 1 November.
Awards will be presented to ‘some amazing children, young people and adults from across the region’ at the event organised by Newcastle United Foundation, an independent organisation which is run separately from the club.
Newcastle United official announcement:
‘The Newcastle United Foundation will celebrate unsung local heroes at a fundraising dinner at St. James’ Park on Tuesday, 1st November.
Magpies’ manager Rafa Benitez has agreed to attend the dinner, along with some of his first-team squad as guests of honour. Benitez recently met Kate Bradley, Head of Foundation, who updated him on how the charity is making a difference to local people.
As an active supporter of the Foundation, he was keen to share this special evening and reward some of the unsung black and white heroes supported by the charity.
Awards will be handed out to some amazing children, young people and adults from across the region on the night, and will include:
* Young Learner Award (supported by First Class Supply) – Recognising outstanding hard work and commitment from a young person under 16 taking part in one of the Foundation’s school education programmes
* Adult Learner Award – Recognising outstanding hard work and commitment from an adult taking part in one of the Foundation’s Adult Learning programmes
* Young Leader Award – Recognising the exceptional leadership of a young person under 16 who acts as a role model to others
* Health and Wellbeing Award – Recognising the efforts of an individual who has made impressive strides to improve their own (or others’) health and wellbeing
* Team of the year Award – Celebrating an inspirational team performance and achievement
* Rising Stars – Recognising emerging talent, passion and effort from the Foundation’s advanced coaching centres for girls and boys
* Disabled Player of the Year (supported by Inter-Vention) – Recognising remarkable perseverance, talent and dedication by a disabled football player
The Foundation will also recognise a Foundation Champion and present the second Alder Sweeney Award in memory of John Alder and Liam Sweeney, the Magpies supporters who tragically lost their lives in the MH17 disaster, which recognises an outstanding contribution to grassroots football.
Kate Bradley said: “Rafa has been a huge advocate of the Foundation since he became manager at Newcastle United and we’re delighted that he is joining us to celebrate some of our greatest success stories of the last 12 months.
“We hugely appreciate Rafa and the team’s support and those businesses and sponsors that have already confirmed their attendance. We’re looking forward to sharing some really special moments with our guests.”
Rafa Benitez added: “The work the Foundation does in the community is really important and I’m very happy to be supporting them at this event.
“I have been really impressed by what I have seen and heard so far. I’m looking forward to celebrating some very special people on the night.”