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BPLW: Man Utd And Dundee Cross Club Partnership Visit

Newcastle United Foundation’s Barclays Premier League Works programme linked up with Manchester United and Dundee in a cross club partnership at St. James’ Park. 

Barclays Premier League Works aims to help young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 years old gain new skills, qualifications and life skills that will enable them to gain sustained employment in the future. Funded through Barclays Bank and the Premier League the programme is in its third term and this week participants had the opportunity to link up with the Manchester United equivalent and a Scotland based employability team.

The week started with a visit from the Manchester United Foundation where participants went head to head on the pitch in to battle out for top spot. Once back at St. James’ Park, after a convincing win from Newcastle, the two groups engaged in a Money Skills exercise, designed to help learners get to grips with money and understand budgeting.

Later in the week the Employability group headed South to Newcastle to learn more about the BPLW programme and to gain an insight into helping young people back into work. Whilst on Tyneside the two teams went head to head in an England v Scotland match, with the visitors winning 6-2.   

It was an especially busy week for two of the Newcastle contingent, Lloyd and Jonathan, as they began the work placement element of the programme.  After showing an interest in social media and film they pitched a promotional idea to the Foundation team to produce a short film to showcase the BPLW and Kicks projects.   The pair started to interview their fellow participants pitch side at St. James’ Park to find out how the 15 week employability programme has helped them to find out their plans once the course has finished. 

BPLW draws to a close next week where the participants will take part in their final assessment for their Sports Leaders Award. Each participant will deliver a sporting session of their choice to successfully gain their Level 1 & 2 qualifications.

Al Hill, Youth and Community Project Officer, said: “It’s always brilliant when we’re able to work in partnership with other Foundations.  It’s a great opportunity for the participants to meet new people and share their experiences. 

“It’s really exciting that two of the participants feel so positively about BPLW that they want to help promote its success stories – we can’t wait to see the finished product in the New Year!”

 If you would like more information on Barclays Premier League Works and our Employability Programmes please email

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