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Coronavirus: An update from Head of Newcastle United Foundation, Steve Beharall

As we continue to adapt and make arrangements to help prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), I wanted to share our activity since the Foundation’s last update and detail our plans going forward.

Our charity’s mission is to connect, motivate and inspire the communities around us, offering extra support to the most vulnerable and to continue to be a point of contact for people and organisations across the North East.

During this crisis, it is clear that we are needed more than ever. With this is in mind, we are identifying and responding to safe opportunities for staff and volunteers to engage with the community where possible:

What we’re doing:

  • Assisting the NHS staff with free mental health materials and guidance through our Be A Game Changer campaign.
  • Helping unemployed young people secure key worker, NHS and care roles.
  • Delivering Physical Education sessions for children of key workers in schools, working closely with our partners North Tyneside Council to identify the areas in need of support.
  • Making telephone calls to all of our walking footballers to combat loneliness, stress and anxiety as well as offering advice and guidance.
  • Maintaining our correspondence with our YOLO participants and their carers, plus we’re creating activity packs and resources for them to engage with during lockdown.
  • Compiling online home-schooling resources for parents and guardians.
  • Helping with the distribution of more than 12,000 food parcels and vouchers across Byker, Walker and Walkergate to children who would normally receive school meals.
  • Calling Newcastle United season ticket holders as part of our United As One work to support individuals in isolation.
  • Live streaming quizzes on our Be A Game Changer Facebook Page
  • Supporting Academy, Club and Foundation staff with home-schooling and mental health awareness resources.
  • Assisting Newcastle City Council with Citylife Line.

The Foundation’s capital project has also continued to progress following substantial donations from Sir James Knott Trust and Catherine Cookson Charitable Trust. The generous contributions will support the Foundation’s mission to build a state-of-the-art facility and we’re hopeful that construction will begin in September with doors opening September 2021.

As ever, we are working closely with regional and national agencies and partners to form a robust network equipped to offer help wherever it is needed.

Our website and social media channels will be updated regularly with the latest guidance and news from the Foundation, as well as tips on self-care for your physical and mental health during periods of self-isolation.

We have recently started our #UnitedAsOne Programme which allows the Foundation to continue to be a point of contact for people and organisations across the North East.

If you would like to hear more information about the #UnitedAsOne’ programme please contact

From everyone at the Foundation, than you for your ongoing support and patience. Please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing

Kind regards

Steve Beharall
Head of Newcastle United Foundation

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