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Foundation Girls PL Kicks Participants Visit Manchester City

16 lucky Newcastle United Foundation Girls Premier League Kicks participants were selected in a special squad of players to take a trip to Manchester City last week.

Participants were chosen for the reward as a result of their involvement, attendance and efforts in the PL Kicks project.

The players traveled to Manchester City’s Academy where they took part in a coaching session with Manchester City coaches along with girls who attend similar sessions in Manchester; with both squads playing a number of friendly fixtures.

The excitement continued into the afternoon as the girls watched Manchester City Women’s 2-0 defeat to Reading Women in their FA Women’s Super League fixture.

The squad was also invited onto the pitch at half time to take part in the Half Time Challenge alongside the Manchester City mascot Moonbeam.

The day was well and truly capped off at full time as our participants got the chance to take pictures with players from the winning Reading team.

Laura Wilson, Kicks Project Coordinator at Newcastle United Foundation said: “This was a great opportunity for us to reward the girls who have put the most effort into Kicks this year.

“Getting to train and play at a world renowned Academy, and watch a top flight women’s game is huge and will inspire the girls to go onto bigger and better things.

“I want to say a big thank you to everyone at City in the Community who helped organise the day and ensured the girls enjoyed all their activities.”

PL Kicks helps young people achieve their goals through football. The aim is to engage young people in constructive activities, increase playing and coaching opportunities, break down barriers between the police and young people and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Backed by the Premier League and locally by North Tyneside Council, People’s Postcode Trust, Byker Community Trust, Bernicia Homes, Northumberland Children’s Trust, Blakelaw Parish Council and the Ridley Family Charity. Kicks takes place at 12 different venues across Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead and Northumberland, engaging almost 2000 young people in football last year.

To find out more about the Kicks project please email

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