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Barclays Premier League Works Chance Trip To Chelsea

Newcastle United Foundation’s Barclays Premier League Works Programme ventured south last weekend to see Chelsea FC take on the Toon at Stamford Bridge.

The new project, funded by Barclays, aims to help young people that are a distance from the jobs market to get closer to gaining employment. As part of their course they were required to plan their own residential from beginning to end.

A total of 14 participants planned the trip to the Capital. Each learner was given a budget per head and were asked to work as a team to decide on their transport, accommodation and activities in London. Between the group, it was decided that a trip to the Nation’s Capital for an away game was the preferred choice.

Over the course of the weekend the team visited the Premier League Headquarters and met up with Chelsea FC Foundation and their employment team, navigated their way around London taking on different challenges, embarked on a guided tour at Wembley and Chelsea FC, before sitting down at Stamford Bridge for the game.

The main purpose of the weekend was to bring the team together and use life skills to navigate around a major city. The Barclays Premier League Works Programme group is a diverse group of learners facing different barriers to work. The residential helped build participants’ confidence, understand budgets and planning, encouraged team building and how to deal with stressful situations and conflict as well as working with people from different backgrounds, cultures and countries.

Whilst in London, the team met with Chelsea FC Foundation at the Premier League Head Quarters. In small groups, Newcastle and Chelsea teams discussed differences in employment up and down the country as well as barriers they have faced. They also worked in their small teams to take on a challenge that saw them go out into London and navigate to different locations in an ‘Apprentice style’ race.

Jordan Davison, 21 from North Shields, has been attending since the start of the course in December said:

“The trip was a once in a life time experience. You only live once so you need to take opportunities like this when you can”.

Newcastle United Foundation project officer, Alasdair Hill, reflected on their successful weekend away:

“The weekend showed some fantastic displays of leadership, team work, independence and maturity which all go towards making a good employee.”

The course is due to resume this week where participants will carry on building upon their employment skills, working with Barclays staff on financial management and continuing with their health training which adopts ‘healthy body, healthy mind’.

For more information on Barclays Premier League Works, please contact Alasdair at

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