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Newcastle United Launch New Initiative

9 years ago

Newcastle United Foundation recently launched its Toon Times Heritage Project. The event saw pupils from Bridgewater Primary School, Newcastle get a once in a lifetime opportunity for a tour of St. James’ Park and the opportunity to interview four eras of Newcastle United players (In attendance – Bob Moncur, Peter Beardsley, Danny Simpson, James Perch, Tom Heardman and Macauley Gillesphy (Both Academy players)) .  The players past, present and future spent time meeting the pupils and answered their questions to gain a historical comparison of how football has changed and developed over the years.

Bridgewater Primary School were the first to participate in the free Toon Times educational lesson that are available to all Primary Schools across the region. Aimed at Key Stage Two pupils, this session provides a fun and interactive history experience for pupils allowing them to get to grips with some authentic Newcastle United artefacts.  Schools will also be provided with a CD full of follow up resources in order to keep pupils engaged in history and interested in the many highs and lows of Newcastle United’s past.

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Toon Times will culminate with a major Newcastle United exhibition at the Discovery Museum, Newcastle, although in the lead up to this event Toon Times wishes to reach out to all Newcastle United fans across the North East and further afield to get involved and share their memories, experiences, photos and memorabilia what people have collected over the years.  Toon Times will also give young fans the opportunity to come to their first ever match in the ‘My First Match’ initiative whilst will also hold ‘show and tell’ events across the region in order to make sharing memories as accessible as possible.

The launch event showcased the great work Newcastle United Foundation does across the region and will hopefully bring Toon Times to the supporters attention and encourage supporters to get involved just like the players did at the event.

Gavin Ferry, Heritage Project Coordinator – ‘Newcastle United is famed for the loyal and passionate support we receive from the clubs fans.  These fans cross generations and for many football is a bonding experience for friends and family.  Football has a major social impact and depending on the weekends result can leave many schools or workplaces brimming with excitement or despondent on a Monday morning.  Newcastle United plays a big part in many people’s lives and it is these that we wish to get actively involved in the Toon Times Project.’

‘Leading up to the major exhibition that will be held at the Discovery Museum in 2014 we are wanting fans of all generations, in conjunction with past players or club staff to get in touch and share their Newcastle United memories, photographs and memorabilia with us.  It is the latter which will form the basis of the exhibition and allow us to stage an exhibition that the fans can be proud of.’

‘This launch event has been a great success and it has provided a great insight into how football and Newcastle United has changed and developed over the years.  Having legends of the club in conjunction with present first team stars and potential stars of the future sharing some great experiences and memories with the pupils will leave them with a lasting memory.   This shows the importance of Toon Times in engaging people in history and preserving memories for future generations.’

Bob Moncur sharing memories of his Newcastle United triumphs and experiences since coming to the North East as a 15 year old from Scotland added; ‘I am privileged to be involved with Toon Times as it allows me and the many Newcastle United supporters with the opportunity to share their stories and memories of such a great club.’

 Toon Times is hoping this event will inspire other fans to get involved in the project.

–              If you have any memories however big or small, photographs or memorabilia we want to know.

–              If you are a relative of a former player or staff member we want to hear how Newcastle United has had an impact on your life.

–              If you are a Primary School teacher who wants to get involved with a free session for your group.

–              Any former players out there we want you to share your Newcastle United experiences with us and what you have done since hanging up your boots.

Fans can get involved on social media, Facebook and Twitter (@Toon_Times)

Heritage Project Coordinator (Newcastle United Foundation) [email protected]


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