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Foundation and FutureMe Event Inspires Pupils To Learn More About Higher Education

Newcastle United Foundation welcomed secondary school pupils from across the North East as they celebrated completing the FutureMe Enterprise Challenge.

Delivered through the North East Collaborative Outreach Programme, the initiative aims to increase awareness of higher education opportunities and progression pathways for young people and help them understand what higher education opportunities are available in the North East.

With a focus on attracting young male pupils into higher education, the event saw groups of pupils prepare social media and marketing campaigns which they believed would encourage young people like them to consider university or other higher education opportunities.

Groups presented their ideas to a panel of judges who eventually declared Kingsmeadow Community School the area winners for Northumbria and Joseph Swan Academy the area winners for Newcastle.

Each school will now be entered into a Regional prize draw with other finalists across the North East for an opportunity to win a media experience day with SparkFM.

The excitement didn’t end there either, as the groups were surprised by Foundation Trustee and former Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper.

Harper led a talk on the importance of resilience before taking questions from attendees about his own experiences with higher education.

Rachel Hodgson, Project Co-ordinator for the North East Collaborative Outreach Programme said: “This project would not have been possible without the support of Newcastle United Foundation and the dedication to make sure that this programme was a success.

“I want to say a huge thank you to the team for their hard work and brilliant delivery across the schools. The students and staff have been so complimentary and are very excited for future opportunities.”

Andrew Foster, School Partnership Manager at Newcastle United Foundation added: “It’s been an absolute pleasure working with FutureMe on this project.

“The quality and the confidence the pupils showed in their presentations is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved. A massive thank you to all the schools who took part in the programme and delivered such high quality campaigns!”


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