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Foundation Case Study – Meet Joanne And Mark

The second in our series of Newcastle United Foundation Case Studies highlights our Family Football sessions.

Family Football is a six week course for parents or carers and children to promote enjoyment in learning and is funded by the Premier League and Big Lottery Fund.

Mark Bertram is our Family Learning Project Co-ordinator. He represented Newcastle United youth and reserve teams regularly between 2005 and 2008 before making three appearances for the first team in the 2007/08 pre-season fixtures. On leaving the professional game in 2008, Mark took a Sports Development and Coaching degree. He also has a teaching qualification and a UEFA B Coaching Licence.

Joanne Robson from North Shields is mum to 13 year old Bethany. Joanne first enrolled on a Family Football course in 2010 when her daughter was at Whitehouse Primary School. Initially reluctant to take part in the physical activity sessions, Joanne has now completed four different courses with the Foundation, with Project Coordinator Mark backing her all the way. Even though Bethany is now at High School, Joanne has remained involved, accompanying her friend’s children on the latest course. Not only has Family Football given Joanne renewed confidence, it also prompted her to embark on a new fitness regime which has seen her lose three stone.

On her experience of Family Football Joanne Robson said: “I have completed the Family Football course four times now and have thoroughly enjoyed each one. I especially love the football element. I just wish there had been the same opportunities for girls to play football when I was younger as it is definitely one of my passions now.”

Schools that wish to register their interest in Family Football sessions from September 2015 should email Mark Bertram

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