Write a new chapter
In February 2019, Newcastle United Foundation was handed the keys for Murray House, a community centre located just a goal-kick away from St. James’ Park.
Detailed proposals for the new centre have already been released by Ryder Architecture and planning permission has been secured following a public consultation.
The exciting plans for Project Pitchside represent the next chapter in our remarkable story – in our city’s remarkable story.
For a decade, we have coached, mentored, educated and provided opportunities. This – our new home – will help us to do even more. It will connect a community, becoming a vibrant place to be, for thousands of young people and their families, just a goal-kick from St. James’ Park.
It will be a state-of-the-art hub for sports, education and wellbeing, with programmes delivered by our award-winning team. Football will be at its beating heart.
Just six months on from becoming the new owners of Murray House, Newcastle United Foundation received a multi-million pound grant from the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA) to significantly boost our charity’s fundraising target to get Pitchside under way.
The £2.6m investment from the NTCA will help transform the way young people transition from education to the world of work via our ambitious NU Futures scheme, housed in our new community hub.
“With your help we could really start changing lives for the better, for generations to come”
Shola Ameobi | NEWCASTLE UNITED FOUNDATION PATRON
Your support is vital
Making history is not just about what you did yesterday. It is about doing something today that will shape tomorrow.
By pledging your financial support now, you will join this project at a crucial stage and will enjoy a long-term involvement – both in the construction of this historic new venue and as part of its community outreach thereafter.
In return for investing in the community, you will join a small and exclusive group of people and organisations that will enjoy a lifetime’s association with Newcastle United and Newcastle United Foundation.
How can you support us?
– Room and programme naming opportunities for individual and corporate donors.
– Prestigious multi-year partnerships
– Bespoke sponsorship packages, and annual affiliation programmes.
Contact Sarah Medcalf on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07880 006405 for more information.
Accessible and inclusive, its three floors will be modular. Street level will be a buzzing hive of physical activity, combining adaptable recreation and event space with two four-court multi-purpose sports hall, a smart fitness suite and spacious, accessible changing areas. A healthy body will meet a healthy mind on the first floor, where there will be four innovative classrooms, a high-tech digital hub and meeting rooms. To top it all off, the second floor will house a rooftop 4G football pitch for small-sided games, where you will see the glare of the St. James’ Park floodlights and hear the famous Gallowgate roar. Breathtaking.
Our new centre will sit on the site of Murray House Recreational Centre just to the west of Newcastle city centre. The site was originally used to provide training opportunities for men and boys as shipbuilding declined in the 1930s and was rebuilt in the 1970s to once again serve a struggling community.
Sadly, many local people face similar challenges today.
– 50% of children in the Westgate area currently live in poverty.
– 67% of people are inactive.
– 22.6% of its young people are unemployed.
Instances of anti-social behaviour are high. So much demand for help is not being met.