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£21,022 Funding To Kick Off Ashington Project



Newcastle United Foundation has been awarded a whopping £21,022 by Northumberland-based construction company Arch Homes to run its first football activity programme in the county.

The official charity of Newcastle United Football Club will use the funding to run its successful Premier League Kicks project in Ashington for the next two years, as well as a range of lifestyle sessions focused on Arch Homes’ tenants.  Funding will facilitate sessions for 12-19 year olds in the area and will provide a much needed diversionary activity for local young people.

Premier League Kicks is a partnership between the Premier League and Sport England to use the power of football to build safer, stronger communities. Newcastle United Kicks already engages 250 young people every week.

The new programme, to be based at Hirst Welfare Centre, will see up to 45 local young people take part each session in a mix of physical and classroom activities, aimed at helping them to achieve their goals through football.

The classroom activities include dealing with healthy lifestyle issues and raising awareness of the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse and violence. 

Kate Bradley, head of Newcastle United Foundation, said: “We rely on funding and support from local companies to reach into local communities, so we are very grateful for the support which Arch Homes is providing.”

“In particular, the long term nature of the funding will allow us to become a key part of the local community and we will be able to add value to the funding over time. 

“The funding will be used to deliver invaluable developmental and educational sessions, aimed at inspiring young people in the Ashington area and helping them to achieve their personal goals.”

Cllr Dave Ledger, Arch chair and Deputy Leader of Northumberland County Council, said “We are delighted to support this programme. The funding will help the local community within Ashington and embed a culture of sports development to inspire our young people.

“We are delighted our tenants and local residents will benefit from these recreational and educational sessions to help individuals achieve personal goals.”

The programme will run weekly at the Hirst Welfare Centre from 7pm to 9pm all year round.

For more details please contact or telephone 0844 372 1892 (extension 8451).

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