The Newcastle players have donated thousands of pounds to charity.
A letter to supporters from the Newcastle United Foundation revealed that the United squad had given £5,000 to help fund ‘Football For All’,
This particular scheme gives 150 disabled children and young people the chance to play football every week after school, with another 500 children playing in school time.
The Premier League requires all 20 clubs to have a Foundation, which operates as a stand alone charity to a club, though with varying levels of support from the respective clubs whose name they carry.
This is what was sent out to Newcastle fans from the Foundation:
Building a United future
I’m delighted to have the opportunity to reach out to you today as head of the Newcastle United Foundation to share some of our recent developments.
Many of you will already be aware of the work that the Foundation undertakes and you may have seen our team of dedicated staff out delivering courses in the city, its schools and other local facilities.
For those of you who are new to our journey, we launched in 2008 with a view to bringing the football club even closer to the community and we now deliver sports, health and education projects to around 50,000 children, young people and families each year.
Our primary aim is to harness the unique passion for football which exists in this region and use it to engage, inspire and motivate. We do that to empower people to reach their full potential, to improve and sustain healthy lifestyles and to build safe, strong communities.
We are an independent registered charity which means, while linked to the club, we continue to rely on the generous donations of many individual fundraisers and organisations, as well as the generosity of Newcastle United and its players. They give up their time throughout the season to attend our projects in person and we are immensely grateful for that support.
As well as thanking them for their appearances at our events, l would also like to publicly thank the players for a recent donation of £5,000 which will make an enormous difference to one of our flagship schemes – Football For All.
Football For All gives 150 disabled children and young people the chance to play football every week after school, with another 500 children playing in school time. It has the power to increase participants’ confidence and their basic skills in sharing, communicating and decision-making, as well as their mobility, fitness and coordination. It can help them find new friends and feel part of a team.
Building on that, we have established a number of teams who now represent Newcastle United in the North East and across the country, including Down’s syndrome, wheelchair football, visually impaired and cerebral palsy teams.
The first team players were especially moved when they had the chance to see the Down’s syndrome football team on the pitch at St. James’ Park during Newcastle United’s annual Open Day in August and they approached us to ask what they could do to support them.
The first team players are now specifically supporting the Foundation’s Down’s syndrome ‘DSActive’ football team this year. Their donation will cover the cost of weekly coaching sessions for 25 children aged 5-16 years at Walker Activity Dome during 2015/16 season, provide new kits for participants and also transport for parents and children to a national competition at St George’s Park in 2016, where all Premier League clubs compete. We can make donations stretch an incredibly long way and benefit so many people.
We are continuously working in schools and community venues across the North East and are committed to supporting disadvantaged communities during the coming season and beyond.
Just recently, we welcomed Chief Constable Steve Ashman from Northumbria Police to our Premier League Kicks football session in Westgate last Friday.
Kicks is a free football programme that engages with over 400 young people in Newcastle every week. As part of their interaction with the Foundation, participants took part in ‘Building Bridges’ workshops, which are funded by the Police and Crime Commissioner.
‘Building Bridges’ is delivered across the North East in partnership with Sunderland AFC’s Foundation of Light, tackling Derby Day violence and anti-social behaviour and aims to encourage more positive social interactions amongst the region’s football fans.
We also deliver employability programmes which aim to inspire young people who are a distance from the job market to gain skills. We engage and motivate these young people who face economic and social disadvantage to learn and reach their potential, ultimately gaining employment.
During the past 12 months through our Barclays Premier League Works programme, we have had 100 young people sign up to the course, with over 25 progressing into employment.
There are some real success stories but there is also so much more for us to do each and every day. If you would like to find out more about the work we do or how you, your business or your family can get involved, please visit us at www.nufoundation.org.uk.
Your support really does mean a great deal.
Head of Newcastle United Foundation