Alan Pardew has been talking about the importance of grass roots football and the ability to bring kids through from the local area.

To emphasise this, the manager has named the four players he hopes can make the leap into the first team squad;

“What we don’t want to miss are the local boys, we want them to come to Newcastle; that is really important to me.

I think we have got four good chances of players coming through the system this year, we’ve got Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson, Adam Campbell and James Tavernier.

If they were part of my squad next year then that would be a great result, it would prove we are doing good work”. 

Alan Pardew was speaking at the Walker Activity Dome which is a council ran facility in Newcastle’s East End. Newcastle City Council in conjunction with Newcastle United, successfully applied for £338,819 of funding from the Premier League’s Community Facility Fund.

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The money will massively help to improve the facilities for kids using the Dome in Walker.

The manager also commented on the overall state of basic facilities and how that had been badly affected by Government policy over the years;

“Fortunately, with the finance that does come into the Premier League there are sufficient funds at the top to spread it down, thank God for that. There was a period when a lot of school pitches were taken away by the Government, they were sold off, and that was a massive problem for English football”.

The truth is that far fewer kids now get home after school and then rush out to have a jumper for goalposts kickabout with their mates.

It is a lot more based around organised training and matches at specialist facilities, good to see Alan Pardew and the club getting involved in something which is admittedly a no-brainer as well for Newcastle United.

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